Books: Seed Time

THE LAND REMEMBERS

by BEN LOGAN

277 pages. Viking. $8.95.

The pastoral dream is as durable as tennis elbow. In a couple of decades, when today's commune children have grown up and fled to the city, they will write fondly of life on the farm—of father squatting in his yurt carving sandals to sell, of mother's work-worn hands picking seeds from the winter's supply of garden-grown marijuana. From such a perspective—from a safe distance, that is—Ben Logan writes a warm memoir about his boyhood on a farm in the Wisconsin hill country. The Logan farm in the 1930s was neither commune nor...