THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 1936
IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS
Angel's Letters Give Acc
Of Unitersity's Pioneer
Of Genius Before
FOR THE SAKE OF SHADOWS, by
Max Miller. E. P Dutton & Co.
3y LILLIAN OGOROSKIN
This new semi-autobiographical
book by the author of I Cover the
Waterfront is a flippant tragedy; a
serio-comic elegy by a writer who has
escaped Hollywood, addressed to
those who still are entangled in the
money-mad metropolis; a lament for
the prostitution of creative genius be-
fore Mammon, as represented by the
bottomless money bags of the cinema
Max Miller "exposes" a Hollywood
that differs radically from the glitter-
ing picture drawn by the Louella
Parsons of the beauty parlor maga-
Lured by a tremendous salary from
a life of writing as he pleased while
worrying about a leaky roof, an auto-
mobile in crying need of repair, and
frayed shirt collars, Mr. Miller be-
comes a scenario writer at more dol-
lars per hour than he had previously
earned a week. Material worries dis-
appear but no life of ease is the
result. We see him sweating in a
little office. necktie off, waiting in
horror for the phone to ring with
the producer's query, "Well, what
have you got so far?" He tries des-
perately to think of something that
will make girl a, boy b, Coast Guard
c, and their conflict d. hang to-
gether in some kind of a story begin-
ning with a bang and ending with a
Constantly harassed by the feeling
that he's not earning his salary, he
eyes with envy anyone who doesn't
have to write scenarios, fromthe
bootblack on the lot to the birds
sitting in an artificial tree; he envies
yet despises the other scenario writ-
ers who calmly accept overpayment
(What the hell-the bigger the price
you put on yourself, the more they
want you) for time spent in such a
typical story conference as:
"But I'm thinking of the Front Of-
fice, fellows. You know what the
Front Office did to Charlie's script
that time. He had to cut out that
second and third sequence-"
"Yes, but this is a different story-"'
"Like hell it is , Bob. Didn't Char-
lie's script have a girl who-"
"Aw, just listen to me a minute
now, you guys. I'm just thinking out
loud now, I admit. But if she comes
to this house and doesn't know her
sister is there-"
"How doesn't she know her sister
"We plant it. We plant it there
the other time."
"How about knocking off and get-
ting some coffee. It'll do us good.
It'll clear up the cobwebs."
According to Mr. Miller, Hollywood
is "clearing, the country of more than'
one classic which might have been
written for the future but which
must for all time take itsuplace in
the Great Book of Things Undone
'because I was too tied up to get
around to it.'" Not for fame (how
many of you could name 10 scenario.
writers) ; not for glamour; but all
for the sake of being in the money.
Well. Mr. Miller was in the money,
and he escaped. He wrote this book
to celebrate his escape, and to be a
Paul Revere for his country and his
writing colleagues. But I'm afraid it
was a narrow escape : he might still
be in Hollywood-and in the money
--but his girl a, his boy b, and his
Coast Guard c fail to come together
with a big enough bang to please the
producer. He is fired.
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FROMI VERMONT TO
Edited by Wilfred. B.
versity of Michigan P]
By STOWELL ED1
From Vernont to M
Qhc sLory of James B. An
o Michigan; but this
.hares the reader's inter
pacture given in thist
ictters of American educ
fimc-1869 to 1871-and
shty of Michigan's rugg
necr leadership. The le
collection were takenr
the Angell papers.
It was a time when th
cf Michigan was som
question mark in Amer
ticn, when everyone kneN
ing an untried path.I
of the wildly growing We
v;as groping vigorously.
the University's growing
past and it was enteri
President Haven had ju
the University needed a 1
one to perfect what ha
For this important po
required the best in An
cation, the Regents turn
dent James B Angell of
sity of Vermont. It see
been taken for granted
igan must go East foi
even though the facu
Arbor contained mar
Mr. Angell, indeed, ft
plex problem. He had I
mont only three years,
had endeared himself t
state. He had always
Englander, and it wou
step to Michigan. The
question but that Mich
the spotlight of America
and if he went to Ani
eyes of the educational
be upon him. But there
loyalty for Vermont, wh
cided him in favor of
For aid in his decisio
to all his friends in ed
they generally took off
and said what they thou
igan. They gave much
there was a nanifestly pi
that education leadershi
ways remain in the East
tried and true methods<
Icnd would be always th
Mostly from the Wes
letters assuring Mr. Ang
cellent promises, the ide
of the University of M
these letters the Univer
will find special interest
an abundance of materi
Prof. James R. Boise of
sity of Chicago wrote to
y story only
rest with the
ation at that
ed and pio-
etters of this
ewhat of a
w it was tak-
In the spirit
The bulk of
g pains were
d been done.
aed to Presi-
med to have
r its leader,
lty in Ann
Tai ticular attention is the R.O.T.C.,
sng a storm-center of radical discus-'
sion, for which the authors urge the
Nye-Kvale bill, which makes mihi-
Rebels Against Destiny tazy training in schools and univer-
AsScn W'orld sities optional. as the antidote. The~
As Secondd ie-up between the R.O.T.C. and the
Wa r Looms rcgular conservative interests is strik-
ingly shown by an incident at OhioJ
WAR OUR HERITAGE, by Joseph P. State University in 1929, when the
Lash and James A. Wechsler, with student senate, the student body and
drawings by A. Redfield and an intro- the faculty votd agamst compuo
ciucton. b eieR.O.T.C., the first two by overwehim-
duction by Bruce Bliven. Interna-
tional Publishers, New York, 1936. ing margins, without impression on
157 pages. 50c. the Board of Trustees.
By7 JOSes, GIES In connection with the trustee sys-
By JOSEPH GIES tem, the interesting point is made
War, the heritage of the American that the majority of the trustees, by
student and the profit of the Amer- whose autocratic hand most Amer-
can capitalist, is once more made the can universities are ruled, are drawn
heme and study of a book whose' from the class of bankers and finan-
radically-minded authors succeed in ciers, the most reactionary group in
1 atching the ear of more than the our society.
'adically-minded section of the pop- "When the United States entered
ulace. the war in 1917," a pointed passage
The prcmise of the little volume observes, "their (the trustees') sym-
3f Messrs. Lash and Wechsler seems pathies lay with the destiny of Amer-
to be that the only possibility of ican capitalism and that destiny was
keeping our country from engaging the victory of the Allied armies. It
mn an impending Second World War is not astonishing that . . . there is
lies in a powerful and well-organized no record of Trustee opposition to
mass movement of the citizens of all the war. The rescue of the Morgan
classes, led by the group which is at loans was a matter of concern for
once the most threatened by and our whole financial domain."
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JAMES B. ANGELL
zhe most sensitive to the recurrencej
"The standards of scholarship at of war, the students.
Ann Arbor in the classical depart-
ment are higher, I really believe, than
at Yale or Harvard; and the char-
acter of the students incomparably
more manly. This is the most en-
couraging feature of the University."
Another prominent educator pro-
nounced Michigan "the only univer-
sity on the right basis we have in
In their opening chapter the au-
thors have indulged themselves in
a fantasy purporting to describe the
activities of public leaders, especially
educators, on and following "M-Day,"
the War Department's designation
for the first day of mobilization, in
the war of 1938. The trouble with
this fantasy, as such, is that it's en-
The authors succeed rather well in
presenting a constructive and prac-
ticable program for peace, stressing
the necessity for militant mobiliza-
tion all along the line against the
forces of destructive reaction which
they believe are dragging the world
and Americ? toward the abyss of
conflict, and which can only be de-
feated by an effort of hitherto
the country." Throughout From Ver- tirely too realistic. Many of the
aced a com- mont to Michigan, Eastern and passages, especially the quotations
been at Ver- Western education are discussed by of national figures, are very deft!
in which he, the leading proponents of each. 'satire, but the picture as a whole is
o the whole Mr. Angell, after a good many much too horrifying to allow us to
been a New months of consideration, and after a enjoy.
Id be a bigm.t. While President Roosevelt's war
re was little visit to Ann Arbor, finally turned proclamation draped in red, white
igan was in down the offer. Negotiations were and blue, swamps the Chicago Trib-
n education,, reopened later in 1870, and finally in ne's front page, President Ruthven
n Arbor the the early part of 1871, it was agreed, pledges the "full and furious co-1
world would by the Regents and Mr. Angell that operation of every member of the
was his deep he would assume the presidency that Michigan community in the neces-
ich later de- year. He delivered the address at :ary and just adventure we are un-'
refusing the Commencement that spring. And dertaking," and the League Against
then began what might be referred Pacifism and Radicalism of Michi-
n he turned toas the "golden age" in the his- gan State College throws three Jew
ucation and ish students in a lake. Henry Ford
their gloves Indeed, the effect of his character is quoted, "War is a great and neces-
ght of Mich- was immediately apparent, for so he sary test of a nation's moral fibre."
praise, but wrote: The remainder of the book, the
revalent idea "The next morning (his second greater part of it, is made the ve-
ip would al- day as leader of chapel) I went in, hile for a careful survey of condi-
and that the early. Soon some Sophs got ready tc
of New Eng- throw nuts at the Freshmen. I im- tions exisng in America, especialy
e best. mediately, kindly, but firmly re- point ominously in the direction of
t were those quested them to desist. They did so, the fateful "M-Day." Singled out forI
ell of the ex- and that was the last of that . _._.
al conditions The next morning there was not a
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