Books: Fish in the Brandy Snifter

RADICAL CHIC AND MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS by Torn Wolfe. 153 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $5.95.

What Tom Wolfe has done−with a touch of malice and more than a pinch of cheek−is create an appallingly funny, cool, small, deflative two-scene social drama about America's biggest, hottest and most perplexing problem, the confrontation between Black Rage and White Guilt.

Scene 1 (large portions of it originally printed in a June issue of New York magazine) centers on that now famous money-raising party for the Black Panthers given in Conductor Leonard Bernstein's Manhattan apartment last...

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