AMERICAN NOTES: The Nixon Genre

As he himself admits, Richard Nixon has a face that invites caricature. But lately the lampooning of the President has expanded far beyond the cartoonist's drawing board and become a minor genre of the arts. Documentary Film Maker Emile de Antonio has compiled MilLHouse (TIME, Oct. 18), a wickedly derisive splicing of Nixoniana. Novelist Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate) has come forth with The Vertical Smile, a politico-sexual farce whose hero, Duncan Mulligan, is a Wall Street lawyer, transvestite and presidential candidate known, lest anyone miss the point, as "Funky Dune."

Finally, Novelist Philip Roth (Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint) has...

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