Show Business: No Longer Square

Not so long ago, no self-respecting intellectual would have admitted owning a television set, anymore than he would dare to express a liking for Norman Vincent Peale or California burgundy. But nowadays the TV box is no longer square. An intellectual can laughingly confess to TV addiction, and the lower-brow the program the better. Even so eminent a figure as Columbia University's Professor Mark Van Doren has been a convert ever since his son Charles triumphed on Twenty-One.

In a new book, The Professor and I (Appleton-Century-Crofts; $3.95), Dorothy Van Doren reveals that her husband is an addict "not of the super,...

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