Hollywood: Smoking Toad

Dilettantes were big 400 years ago, but today's dilettantes lack acceptance. Leaderless, mocked and misunderstood, they are pariahs sniffing at the edges of a multicellular society.

But, led by Jill St. John, they could overcome. Actress, sex grenade, marine zoologist, model railroader, sailor and pipe smoker, she could be to dilettantism what Jean Harlow was to sex. She has kept elephants as pets. She plays with porpoises. She is, moreover, the sort of symbol around which dilettantes would choose to rally. She is rich and beautiful, with auburn hair and sparkling brown...

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