Bookends: Sep. 28, 1987

THE MAKING OF THE AFRICAN QUEEN

by Katharine Hepburn

Knopf; 131 pages; $15.95

Katharine Hepburn writes like this -- with lots of dashes. Fragmented sentences too. Exclamations! Asides. Reading her is like listening to her -- one imagines. She suggests -- in a meandering subtitle -- that she almost lost her mind while shooting on location in 1951 in what was then the Belgian Congo. But of course she did not. Found a good, perhaps unsuspected, part of it, actually. As she says, among all her movies and plays, The African Queen is the one that remains vividly in memory. For...