Books: Attachments

THE BEST OF FRIENDS by David Michaelis Morrow; 318 pages; $14.95

When a man becomes dear to me I have touched the goal of fortune," said Emerson. Still, he was bemused: "I find very little written directly to the heart of this matter." One hundred and forty years later, sociologists have probed the phenomenon of male bonding, and movies have celebrated buddies in times of war and peace. But deep attachments between men still activate suspicions of misogyny or homosexuality. Few books have been written about the real friendships of real people....

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