Books: The Ultimate Locker Room

JIM by James Toback. 133 pages. Dou-b/eday. $4.95.

When James Toback (Harvard, magna cum laude, 1966) flew to Los Angeles to interview Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns, summa, 1965), there were some unnecessarily dressy items in his mental luggage: Nietzsche's code about "the genius of the heart," Keats' concept of "negative capability," and that always stylish bit about the pre-eminence of the black's psychosexual powers.

The most important thing in Toback's bag, however, was the jockstrap ego of an ex-college athlete. Within an hour after he met Jim Brown at his home above Sunset Strip,...

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