Books: How the Sexual Revolution Began

SLOUCHING TOWARDS KALAMAZOO by Peter De Vries

Little, Brown; 241 pages; $13.95

Author Peter De Vries, 73, has a funny habit of stuffing his works with recondite information. Slouching Towards Kalamazoo, his 21st book of fiction, carries on this 31-year-old tradition. Where did the term all hell broke loose first appear? John Milton's Paradise Lost. What did Nietzsche say on the subject of comedy? "That man has invented laughter because he of all species needs it." Why did Ralph Waldo Emerson quit the ministry? "He couldn't swallow the last supper." How, including names and...

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