Books: Slot Machine; Peephole

ACTOR'S BLOOD — Ben Hecht — Covici, Friede ($2).

THE WHITE HORSES OF VIENNA—Kay Boyle—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

Like peep shows, short stories may give a knothole glimpse of real life or a nickel's worth of artifice. Authors Ben Hecht and Kay Boyle are as different as slot machine and peephole. Readers who like their money's worth of entertainment will drop their nickel in Author Hecht; those who want life in the psychological raw will squint through the fence at Author Boyle's queer back yard.

From the point of view of vitality, Ben Hecht's stories are only...

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