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Page 8=Sunday, November 5 1978-The Michigan Daily

(Continued from Page 6)
example, the description of the fare at
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger, one of Ann
Arbor's top entries in the Hamburger
Hall of Fame:
"The hamburgers at Krazy
Jim 's are called Blimpy
burgers, a name chosen from
hundreds of suggestions
submitted in a "name the
burger" contest Jim held in
1952. (They) are made *by
slapping down little balls of
hamburger on the grill and
flattening them out as they
cook .. . With the addition of
onions, pickle, relish, mustard
and ketchup, it's the best 60-
hamburger in town."
The authors know whereof they
The authors also avoid the tendency
towards puffery and up-beat "happy
news" to which so many guide book
authors succumb. They reach the peak
of the art of creative insults in the
description of South University's

Wolverine Den, in which they quote
various suggestions for the much-

" t
maligned restaurant, including "bomb
it," and "sell it to the Russians."
But the writers also have some less
than glowing words for such sacred
cows as the natural food Seva
Longevity Cooking - "The salads are
constant disappointments." Further,
they show a willingness to buck the tide
of public opinion in their upbeat com-
ments on the Brown Jug - "too many
good things about the Jug. . . to
prevent me from putting my nose in the


(Continued from Page 6)
with the photo, the still frame. One by
one the stills unite, dissolving from
scene to scene, illuminating the
author's perception of Marianne's
dilemma. Marianne's loneliness is not
dragged through overplayed emotions.
There is no breaking glass or
screeching emotional displays. There
are, however, symbolic moments of
despair, as in one passage describing a
typewriter's slow fall from a table.
The reader is offered only clues as to
what is on Marianne's mind. Her ac-
tions and sparingly shared thoughts
piece together her attitude.
"She began to read, 'In the land of the
ideal: I expect a man to love me for
what Iam and what I shall become.'
She shrugged."
Then Marianne speaks:
. up until now, all men have
weakened me. My husband ways
'Michele is strong.' The truth is that he
wants me to be strong in connection
with things that don't interest him: the
children, the household, taxes. But
when it comes to the work I hope to do,
he destroys me. He says: 'My wife is a
dreamer.' If wanting to be what I am is
dreaming, then I want to be a
The reader is ushered through
Marianne's life, between the aisles of
her loosely-knit relationships. Bruno
returns from a two-week business trip.
They dine, then retire to bed. Later,
(Continued from Page 7)
culturally provoked to violence. Does
culture "release" innate behaviors, or
does it defy our genes to create new
ones? Hf "genetic predellction" means
only that man has the capacity to
develop a range of.cultural behaviors,
then the idea of genetic control wanes to
behavioral insignificance. The ominous
view of man controlled by aggressive
double-helix computers must be
tempered by the uncertainty of the
level of that control. This serves, not to
refute Wilson, but only to suggest that
his factual report of the level of genetic
control may be simply a point of view.
We may applaud Wilson for
=presenting w valuable point. Perhaps

Marianne asks Bruno to leave and he
does so. Marianne finds work with a
publisher who has long desired her and
an artist also seeks her affections.
Marianne attempts to discover how she
can obtain her desires and to define
those desires. She gathers momentum,
then suddenly collides with the dead
end. She begins again in a continuous
slow plod. By her silence, she insists on
independence. Only her rare outbursts
after a party, an unexpected and richly
described passage, reveals Marianne's
metamorphosis. This powerful scene
instantly compels the reader to retrace
Marianne's development.
"Standing at the hall mirror, she
brushed her hair. She looked into her
eyes and said, 'you haven't given your-
self away. And no one will ever
humiliate you again.' "
Marianne cannot explain her ex-
perience as she lives through it. With
many delicate strokes, Handke honors
his readers' sensitivity by unfolding,
rather than defining, her growing
process. While I was initially apprehen-
sive about a man's explanation of a
woman's unique experience, Handke
has won my loyalty. His perceptive eye
is clean, uncluttered with physical
theories. I expect Handke would be a
wonderful friend to a woman. He seems
to possess the ability to hear a person
who says nothing audible in her cry
against a dry and stifling life.
the elucidation of man's genetic limits
paradoxically offers mankind greater
freedom. "As our knowledge of human
nature grows," says Wilson, "our
minds at last align with our hearts."
Knowledge of the nature of the beast
gives man greater freedom of choice in
his efforts to attack or appease it.
Forbidden knowledge thwarts the goal
of the new religion; scientific
materialism with scientific method as
its rational pilot. In his final chapter,
entitled Hope, Wilson presents this
belief with a most un-biological and
emotional fervor "kept strong by the
blind hope that the journey on which we
are now embarked will be farther and
better'than the orrejust completed."

In a few cases, they miss the boat.
For example, it is hard to believe that a
discussion of the Blind Pig can fail to
mention that the Pig is one of the few
local establishments with genuine
espresso coffee on the menu.
Overall, though, I Eat; Therefore I
Am provides an excellent short in-
troduction to the Ann Arbor food scene.
Read it, before your time runs out.
A Guide to the Campus of the Univer-
sity of Michigan is cast in the mold of
most "official" guidebooks. Controver-
sy, or indeed commentary of any kind,
is not to be found. Nonetheless, it does
provide useful information about the
physical structures on the University
campus. The text is accoipanied by
tightly-cropped photographs.
(Continued from Page 5)
tenure, presidents tighten the belt
fiscally, and during the election year,
they make the economy pick up," he
Looking at the Republican party,
Wills comments: "The Republicans
have the same problem they had in 1970.
They have all these old guys who want to
run again. Everybody who has ever run
for president wants to run again. Hell,
George McGovern wants to run again."
Wills predicts the GOP won't
nominate former California governor
Ronald Reagan, but says the ex-movie
star "can wreak havoc with the
choosing process . . . The Republicans
have a problem in that the Democrats
have the better farm system. Because
the Democrats have more elective
offices, they attract the best young
lem is that they can't
win without the South,
which means they
can't win without a
Southerner. But the party is unable to
win if the Southerner is a racist.
Carter's strength is that he can bring
the North and the South together. What
Northerners don't understand about
Carter is that he had to hang on to Bert
Lance, he has to hang on to Jody Powell
and he has to hang on to Ham Jordan,
or he'll alienate the Southerners. For,
the same reason he has to make a show
of his religiousness; it lets the
Southerners know he's one of them," he
The current political mood is more
quiescent than it was a decade ago,
Wills claims.. Although the country has
moved to the right, he says, "The
hostilities have eased now. Nobody is
campaigning on bringing in a tough
attorney general, which means a
repressive attorney general . . . if you
think about 1968, if you consider
Wallace's vote with Nixon's vote, it was
really a landslide for Nixon."

All his observations are pertinent,
and the impression could easily take
hold that Wills is a man wholly wrapped
up in politics, if that was all one talked
about with him. But no, Wills the
scholar recognizes even the limits of
the straight electoral process.
Wills has a thesis: real political
change is almost never accomplished
through the two major political parties.
He argues that the parties differ only in
constituencies, not in principles, and
that real change occurs in America
when groups outside the mainstream
are finally coopted by the center, but
-that, the political center almost never
initiates major change.
"The civil rights movement, the
antiwar movement, women's
liberation, all started outside the
mainstream, and all eventually
became part of the mainstream. Martin
Luther King could neve have been
elected president, but he accomplished
things he never could have as
President," Wills asserts.
His theory will be illustrated in his
next book, Confessions of a
Conservative due out in May. "We have
liberal talk and conservative political
institutions. My argument in brief, not
even in brief, in semaphore, is that
liberal theory describes something that
doesn't take place. Liberal theory on
elections is that there is debate about
the issues; and in the marketplace of
ideas, the good ideas triumph. That's
not the way it works at all; elections
reduce debate. But the way it works is
pretty good. It builds amity, political
That speech is the essence of the
man, looking closely at actual events,
relating them to historical data, and
then placing the events in historical
perspective. In a journalistic
environment increasingly dominated
by People magazine, his approach is a
rare and valuable one.


An example of the official character
of the book is its discussion of the
Student Activities Building. Not to be
found is any mention of how a building,
originally dedicated to "student ac-
tivities," came to its 'present state,
devoid of all student offices. I would
have liked to read about that one.
Also unmentioned are the Waterman-
Barbour Gymnasiums, which recently
fell to a wrecker's ball to make way for
a few square feet of grass, despite
strenuous student objections.
Anyway, this book accomplishes
fairly well what it intends to accom-
plish - provide a basic description of
campus buildings. But, if you want the
story beneath the calm exterior, you'll
have to turn elsewhere.






Elizabeth Slowik

Sue Warner

Books Editor
Brian Blanchard
Cover photo of football fans
by Andy Freeberg.

Garry Wills
behind the


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