Books: Enemy of Pretension

THE VONNEGUT STATEMENT Edited by JEROME KLINKOWITZ and JOHN SOMER 286 pages. Delacorte. $7.95.

Jess Ritter, a mod.-lit. man out at San Francisco State, is sitting down to a greasy cheeseburger when into his office walk two students, Space Daisy and Victor. "You see," says Space Daisy, offering Ritter a cream cheese and chopped nut on pumpkin bread, "Victor also makes puppets, and his friend Street Eddie snoots Super-8 movies. Now what we want to do is make a puppet movie about Slaughterhouse-Five, showing Billy Pilgrim and Montana Wildhack on Tralfamadore instead of my...

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