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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, February 23, 19'75 t

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TV, Channel 4, noon.
WUOM: Bernard Lewis, Prince-
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12:55 Pin.
IM Sports: Family recreation,'
State, Hoover, 1:30-5:30 pm.
Planetarium: Venus, Jupiter, au-
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Museum, 2, 3 pm.
Music School: Symphony Band,
Geo. Cavender, conductor, Hill
Aud., 3 pm; degree recitals: Sheila ,
Murphy, double bass, Recital Hall,I
2:30; Barbara Tuss, Zion Lutheran
Church, 4 pm; Diane Zola, soprano,
Recital Hall, 4:30 pm; french horn
student recital, Cady Music Rm.,
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A woman lost in the
black middle class

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WHO IS ANGELINA?, by Al
Young. New York: Holt, Rine-
hart and Winston, 236 pp.,
$7.95.
By VINCE GREEN
rTELEVISION, always a crude
thermometer of social
change, has handled the emer-
gence of the middle class black
with its usual cliched predict-
ability. Each week we're serv-
ed up a mess of shuckin' and
jivin' one-liners from the likes
of "The Jeffersons".
Fortunately for all of us, Al
Young has penetrated this
stereotype to provide insight
into the psyche of one black
woman.
Who is Angelina? reverber-
ates the post-college depression
blues. What is significant about
Al Young's new book is his abil-
ity to provide depth and person-
ality to the elusive quality of
black middle class anxiety.
Conscious of being black, and
not untouched by her counter-
culture activism at the Univer-
sity of Michigan, Angelina tries
to put together a meaningful
existence in the hip work-a-day
world around Berkeley. Ange-
lina faces the let down of im-
potent actions in the 70s'. Part
of the generation that teethed
on the idea that what one did
could make a difference, she
now is forced to ruminate en a
harsh reality that provides lit-
tle, if any, fulfillment.
THE COLLEGE reader can't
empathize, or at least shud-
der at the forebodings of her
dilemma. Angelina wants more
out of life than Madison Avenue
consumption, but is equally dis-
appointed in her friends chic,
hedonistic destruction of them-
selves as an answer. As f these
problems weren't enough, An-
gelina also faces the haunting
guilt that she has betrayed her
ethnic identity by leaving her
family in Detroit and coming
to California.
Young provides a glimpse in-
to the milieu that psychiatrists
say is producing most of their
new patients. Young is at his
best when showing the middle
class black torn by the culturai;
rack.

simply can't relate to the week->
end dashiki, super fly mental-
ities around her. Her appeal as j
a character, but also th- rea-
son for much of her unease, is .
a down right spunky i iesty L
about other people and herself.
She is the disquieting portrait of
the person who knows themself
too well to romanticize about the.
real world anymore.
In many ways Angelina pro-
vides a mouthpiece for Young's school girlfriends are set d in-
own confessions. Born in t h e to families and obesity. College
south, and later raised around friends are thronging to the lat-
Detroit, Young attended the Uni- est vogues of cocaine aad kin-
versity of Michigan and is cur- ky sex.
rently writing as a Guggenheim inbAngelina finds herself caught
fellow. One gets the feeling that that old tiveihave ben severed
it is as much Al Young's at- in the cultural stretch that took
tempt to cope with the catapult her to California. Her o n o y
to middle class, as it is Angelna solution is to go back where
Greens'. The most obvious ex- most of this torn psyic lies,
amples of author and character California.
merger are when Young deals The reader leaves Ange a
with philosophical questio a5. back in California trying to sill
Angelina fears that her life the maelstrom through a simp-
has no meaning, or even more ler life. Young tries to end the
disconcerting, that there is no story on somewhat of an un-
meaning to life. All this has swing, but leaves me feeling
brought her to the brink of.. even more depressed. Ange-
suicide. Remembering t h e lina's newest lifestyle of natural
Camusian advice of an Aunt foods, TM, and clean living
Jujie, "don't think for a min- seems bland and boring.
ute that the worlds gonna stop HER NEW resolve is simply
just on account of you done. to live life with a-nbtval-
somehow slipped out of it," she ence. "That's the way ! used
pulls herself out of this abyss. to think," she said finally, "ei-
Young leaves these existential ther you do or you Joo t. But
vignettes sprinkled through -out it isn't always that easy. Most
the book. of the time it's some.oace in

MARATHON MAN by Wil-
liam Goldman, New Y o r k:
Delacorte Press, $7.95, 3 0 9
pages.
WALKING SMALL by L. J.
Davis, New York: George
Braziller, $6.95, 214 pages.
By DON KUBIT
PERE ARE two stories which
take place in New York
City. Both heyoes have three
names. There the similarities
end.
Marathon Man is William
Goldman's ninth novel. 'You
may also know him as the
screenwriter of "Butch Cas-
sidy and the Sundance Kid."
Walking Small is L. J. Davis'
fourth novel. If you haven't.;
read any of his other three, you
probably have no idea who he
is.
The hero of Walking Small is
Donald Peabody Coffin. When
we first meet him, he is on the
threshold of manhood.hA seven-
teen-year-old virgin, he leaves
home and heads for New York,
in search of that city's mnost
desireable- and often, least at-
tainable attraction - a life of
perpetual screwing.
Coffin does manage to lose his
virginity to a distant second
cousin, but this experience is
more profound than even he ex-
pected it to be. It changes his
life. From then on, Coffin'sssole
ambition is to do nothing.
THE NEXT time we see him
he is a 34-year-old clerk
in a slum liquor store, selling
booze to the poor and having
expertly mastered the art of
surrender while beingurobbed.
Davis offers no clues as to
why Coffin turned out the way
he did nor why he "evades the
intolerable demands of the
American Dream." The reader
must take solace in the fact
that Coffin has succeeded at be-
ing a failure.
He does make one vain at-

tempt at heroism. His rooming
house is sold to an up-and-com-
ing young businessman and all f }
the tenants are evicted s a v e
Coffin, who not only outwits the
new owner, but proceeds to fall 4;..
in love with his young wife.
A tragi-comedy is in order '
and on cue occurs. In the end,
Coffin is reduced to a boob
tube freak finding the symbol-
ism of his life in Sesame Street.
There are some humorous
moments in Walking Small, but over member of the Third Reich
on the whole it is a minor por- who is trying to claim a for-
adic novel that leaves t o o tune in stolen diamonds hidden
many questions unanswered. in a safety deposit box it New
PERSONALLY, I like L. J- York.
Davis and I think one day 'WHILE TRYING to correct
he may write something me- I the injustices done to his
morable. This novel certaialy I father, Levy learns of another
isn't it. form of justice, outside h i s
On the other hand, there is books and seminars. He learns
Marathon Man, a book obvious- that men kill not because of an
ly written with the subsequent, over-aggressive nature, b u t
movie adoptation in mind. The because of the helplessness of
scenes are cinematic and t h e the victims of violence. He de-
storyline is filled with suspense cides the only way to cure that
and adventure. It is a 'ast- injustice is to give ba-k the
paced novel, what some would pain.
call "easy reading." "The polite justice of public
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es of a young w o m a n
dealing with the notion of the
absurd. These bits of existen-
tialism are not heavy handed.
Her eventual answer, trans-
cendental meditation, leaves onel
feeling that neither authar norI
character is fully satisfied wit.I
this as a means to cope with
the middle class rut. T h e s e
scenes are awkward and com-
prehensible only to the most ar-
dent devotees of this stuff. For
the most part, they sound like
a bunch of third eye mumbo
jumbo. Young is obvious'y ex-
p'oring new territory and is
much more at home when deal-
ing with ethnic dialogue, rather
than mystic incantations.

between. It's taken me all my
life to learn that.",
It is this 'in between" that3
makes this book's ending so
haunting. Young seems to be
saying that for the coac"-rned,
honest individual, life can offer
little fulfillment. The best way
to cope with it is an almost
self-negating ambivalen :a.
Vince Green is a senior ma-
joring in English,

to be a perfect man. A former
Rhodes scholar and now a grad-t
uate student at Columbia, he1
dreams of becoming a maca-9
thon runner with a Ph.D. He 1
is obsessed too with the missin
to clear the name of his father,
a suicide victim who was haunt- l
ed by the Joe McCarthy Witch-I
hunting purges.
Levy concentrates on in;s'
reading and running. His ambi-
tion to be a social historian is
sedentary and within his grasp,
but there is one missing clement!
in his life. Levy, for all his
striving, has never had an ad-
venture. His time has came.
Without giving away the in-
trigue, the plot revolves around
Levy, an overlapping networkI
of undercover agents and a left-,

for winners," he says. Perhaps,
the world would be peacti.il, if
those intent on disturbing that
peace knew before they started
that if they lost "agony w a s
around the bend."
To those who never seem to
lose, Levy translates this mes-
sage.
There are six million people
in the naked city. They all have
stories. And here are two of
them. Perhaps then, this is what
makes the Big Apple so inter-
esting, that both Coffin, non-
committal and subdued, a n d
Levy, social historian in dang-
er, can take the same subway
to work.
D on K ib if /is a freelance
Siriter liming in Ann Arbor.

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A NGELINA knows she should BURNT OUT on friends and
be racially conscious, b u t lovers, and the victim of
a recent robbery, Angelina flees'
California for a Mexican va-
cation that she hopes will put
F NC Hsome meaning back in her lie.;
FRENCH A vacation that was turning in-
GERMAN to the mundane collage of m-
seums and sidewalk cafes is
RUSSIAN turned around when she meets
a man named Sylvester Poin-
Lang uage Co-ops dexter Buchanon, or as he pre-
fers,LWatusi.

JUSTICE IN EVERYDAY
LIFE by Howard Zinn. Patal-
Books, 5 ETA ETA ET RE
uma, California: Morrowl
Books, 258 pp., $8.95.
By JACK HIBBARD
'THIS IS an era of stress and
struggle, with monstrous
injustices clawing all around us.
The media feeds us the injus-
tices that sell-the juiciest and
most scandalous. The numerous
indignities we suffer everyJay I
are never mentioned.

hasn't felt manipulated, maneu- tistically to have o>rc,u ex-
vered, cheated and treated wth clusions, namely young pet sans
te unfairness. .ustice in cinder 28

COMPee 114 LM. JbL; i
Everyday Life gathers together
a series of incidents that proves
beyond any doubt that all of us,
especially the poor, are subject'
to the dominance of those in
power and those with money.
RUT THE BOOK is neither
about money or power. It's
about the exercise of nower in
situations, about people w h o
have been badly treated by oth-

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As her guide through part rf
this odyssey of self-discovery,a
Watusi is one of Young's most
enjoyable and unique charact-
ers. Watusi's own capsulation
provides the best insight into his
character. "Hear people talkin
about 'I'm a Fraudian, I'm a
Marxist. I'm a christian and
all that, not necessarily ir' that!
order historically speaking, y'
understand, all I got to say is
I'm me, a stone Watusian if
there ever was one."
rVHE MEXICO trip is c u t
short when Angeliaa must
- return to Detroit to see h e r
father, the victim of a recent
robbery and shooting. Young
uses this visit to show how An-
gelina's past is as much a rea-
son for her confusion as the
present. There is simply noth-
ing she can relate to. 01.1 high,

Howard Zinn, a profies'oof erpeople. Zinn takes o7 istt''-
law at Boston University, h a s tions, cites specific cases.
taken on the task of publicizing The first half of the expose
the true nature of injus-ice in uses extensive support to re-
our nation. His Justice in Every- veal serious impropriaes, in-
day Life attempts to 4 al in a suits, and inhumane activiaes
comprehensive manner with all of policemen, judges and prison
the "little" things that are officials in our system of jus-
wrong with the American Sys- tice.
tem. Granted that the criminal jus-
THESE SO-CALLED small in- tice system needs serious and
equities are in truth enor- expeditious overhaulinig. Zinn
mously serious. There is a cer- would start this prorness by
tain double system that festers bringing an end to all prisons.
at the root of the American THE POLICE and the courts
ideal. The most important thing are necessary parts of our
to remember is that we are all system, but as the extent of the
subject to a series of dominal- power granted to these arms of
ing influences. These are pri- justice approaches the absolute,
marily based on money and ulti- the extent of corruption and
mately will have control over brutality becomes absolute and
our lives and loves. accepted as well.
There isn't one of us who The jury system is shown sta-

Public defenders are s'own
to be overworked to the c'>int
of utter uselessness, wville the
"fat cat" elite lawyers are
overstrained only by the num-
ber of jaunts they mike to the
bank.
Basically, a poor man nr even
one of average income stat's
is in the hands of an angry vio-
lent god if he enters tie judicial
system as a criminal defend-
ent.
THE SECOND HALF of t h.
book concentra'es on non.
criminal everyday "complica-
tions". The topics dealt w i t h
include housing, emp'oyment
healthand education. It wauld
seem that the feller ii office of!
HEW is under attack. Ac-utlly,
the aim here is to make every-
one aware that if he should be
mistreated by his landlord, em-
ployer, doctor or te-ocher, lie
should not accept it as sone sad
and bewildering pri -t of h:s
piece in the American P I n .
Alright, Zinn says, if we know
about the mess, we shoaid clean
it up.
Institutions get away w i t h
murder. They are allowed to be
lazy, arbitrary, 'afar, inhu-
mane, sexist, and ra.s. Even
the wealthy get a bad dcal.!
Child Retardation C Are Centers
in Boston are profiled with the
claim that the rich are also ak-
en for a ride by thes ins:tu-
tions.
{ HE PURPOSE of education
ithis system? Scnools aL-e!
programming centers that work
to create a certain type of per-

10

son: the worker, who is sub-
missive, non-questi ring, a n d
lacks initiative. The school's
method is to divide - sexually,
economically, socially - a n d
then conquer after all students
have been funneled into their
proper channels.
The case histories are well
done. They are totally developed
and well written by law tu-
dents and prisoners, ex-cons
and others whose pro, ems were
due to the insensitini._ of in-
stitutions. The book is m o s t
worthwhile if you hanger for an
expose, complete with an abun-
dance of examples, and pages
of evidence and countlis case
situations.
BUT ZINN falls short in a
crucial area. He cannot of-
fer a concrete sugge-,'ion as to
how the endless and discourag-
ing mess can be remedied.
The author was tre nendous
at pointing his finger at the
ugly underside of jus ics- Hope-
fully this is only an initial step
and another manual will be writ-
ten to tell us how to help our-
selves.
jack.i-Hibbard is a former law
student rnrre ntl y working at
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