Modern Living: How the Other Half Bathes

THE American bathroom, ever a target for European wits and soreheads, has a host of enthusiasts as well; none is more outspoken than Critic Edmund Wilson, who once said: "I have had a good many more uplifting thoughts, creative and expansive visions ... in well-equipped American bathrooms than I have ever had in any cathedral." That sort of affection seems to run in the family. Mary McCarthy, who was wed to Wilson for eight years, has hailed the bathroom half-ironically as the "last fortress of the individual, the poor man's club, the working...

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