Books: With Dash & Bitters

THE NEUROTIC'S NOTEBOOK by Mignon McLaughlin. 96 pages. Bobbs-Merrill. $2.50.

"My thoughts, I guess, are bitter," allows Mignon McLaughlin. "Who but the bitter have thoughts?"

"Mike" McLaughlin's brand of bitterness is more Angostura than Angst. "What we love about love," she observes, "is the fever, which marriage puts to bed and cures." In this book of aphorisms, jotted down in the time she can spare from her job as managing editor of Glamour magazine, Authoress McLaughlin impales her prey with the cool detachment of a lepidopterist. A neurotic, according to Neurotic's Notebook, "has...

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