Books: Cookie Baking in America

THE ABORTION: AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE 1966 by Richard Brautigan. 226 pages. Simon & Schuster. $5.95.

Here is the author of Trout Fishing In America again, a trout in each pocket, picking watermelons off the overhanging branches. What to make of him? The best dodge may be to declare genius and withdraw, but this is not so easily accomplished.

"His stuff's too easy."

"It's nice, though."

"But it really is too easy."

"Yes, but very nice."

The skull-bound argument iterates, and there is no resolving it. For the half-beguiled, half-annoyed, unyoung straight reader, Richard Brautigan's gentle, shaggy little books have in them much of what is both very...

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