THE MICHIGAN DAn, Y
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1923
A book that is vastly more exciting gotten the trials, the discoveries, the
and thrice as melodramatic as Hecht's experimentings of his youth. As
is THE MARRIAGE OF YUSSUF Frank Harris remarks in Iis portrait
KHAN, by Frank Heller (T. Y. Crow- of Upton Sinclair, the young man has
ell). The publisher's cover advertis-s idaitheisostgwanha,
ing proclaims it a "corking adventure anotheriwdom omhthatthe,
and oler wisdom.that tho.e of an
and detective story." Precisely so; older generation had not reached.
and like most "corking" stories, it
doesn't amount to much. 'here is an All this is by way of introduction
innocent and rather gullible hero who to the fact that we at last have some-
might be taken right off the screen, a thing near the autobiography of a
properly awesome crook, and the very young man, who is as fresh in spirit as
conventiolal adventuress who is beau- e is in years. The youth is Edwin
tiful. ambitious, and hails from . S. Justus Mayer; his book is called A
A. Good vacation reading, perhaps, PREFACE TO LIFE (Boni & Live-
but by no means a good novel. right, $2.50). Between the ages of
fifteen and twenty-five Mr. Mayer has
done much, thought much, and read
For a couple or summers past, the much. He feels that he has achieved
Observer and Mrs. Observer base, something in mental progress, and
loaded such of their possessions as that the trocess of achsevement is
they could not do without upon their worth recording, and its results wsort
backs and set out to see such of the analysing. From errand-boy in the
world as walking and "pick-ups" asenent of an underwear factory
would take thenm to. Most of the o writer of at least some merit is no
country covered, as well as a great small space to traverse. And the vrit-
deal more, is described in SEEING r is worth being heard. Says Mr.
THE MIDDLE WEST, by Dr. John T. Mayer:
Faris (Lippincott). From Michigan
to Minnesota, Nebraska, and back to "In this Preface to Life, I arrange,
Ohio Dr. Faris has journeyed in one classify, bury and marvel. . . . I
way and another, picking up a pro- write as a man committed to the ar-
digious amount of information as he tistic life; but the individual truth
went. Would you know the origin of may very well be the universal truth.
the name 'Itasca,' or seek a picture In a rough synthesis of what I desire,
of the churches that face Milwaukee's you would find included money, wom-
Public Museum? Both are given by n and fame-common enough goals
Dr. Faris. There are accounts of min- surely-but I believe that I can give
era in Michigan, cowboys in Oklahoma a better reason for my covetousness
rivers in Missouri. In a few places han most men simply because I be-
the catalogue of facts becomes a litieve in my desires wih more fervor
tle monotonous; in others Dr. Faris and skepticism and infinitely less sus-
achieves descriptions that are beauti- picion, than do the Stiff Collar Men
ful as well as acurate. le is inter- in their desires. . . . Life is to me
ested in boosting the middle west as what poetry was to Poe-a passion,
a region for tourists, but his purpose not a profession.'
does not run away with his judgment Surely this is an honest introduc-
and turn his book into a mere Ameri- tion, and the book bears it out. Fer-
can Baedecker. . . . vor, skepticism, and lack of suspicion
One thing at least is certain. If the stand out on every page. The sensi-
person who straps a pack on his back tive will accuse Mr. Mayer of egotism,
and takes the road, or his brother who for they will miss the doubt with
prefers to ramble in a filivver or a which he views every thought or ac-
Dodge would consult this book as well tion. The pessimist will scent optim-
as a road map his journey would be ism of the most blatant sort, just as
made much more profitable. There the idealist will find cynicism, and the
are thousands of people who go suspicious trust. All this means sim-
through the middle west every sum- ply that Mr. Mayer is human in spite
mer, and perhaps two hundred who of his books, and that he is honest be-.
see it. For them SEEING THE MID- yond the power of most of us. He
DLE WEST will be a book of pleasant thinks brilliantly and writes brilliant-
memories and familiar scenes; for ly, though not smoothly. Plainly he
the others it is a volume crammed is much more interested in saying
with fertile suggestions, and with in- something than in saying it in an or-
vitations. Why not get off the main derly manner. Of course, this is un-
roads now and then? fortunate, just as it Is unfortunate
that most of the author's mental revo-
Once upon a time-and that time lutions come from books while direct
not very long ago-folks seemed to contact with life leaves him uncertain.
take for granted the thesis that only, Yet one cannot demand everything,
an old man had any business writ- and Mr. Mayer gives much.
ing an autobiography; that only in CARROLL LANE FENTON.
the lives and thoughts of the mature-
ly experienced were valuable things "Never were old injuries cancelled
to be found. They entirely forgot that by new benefits."-Machiavelli, from
the gray-beard is very apt to have for- "Discources on Livy."
THE YEAR AFTER
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dubbed a coward. There were the earnest ones who resigned so dramatic-
ally from the Daily, and felt important for a while and foolish afterwards.
There were the volatile editors of The Tempest; one of them, like Jurgen,
sensing the unimportance of himself and everything, and howling the more
loudly that he might not really come to believe that which he vaguely
feared was true.
And now football is once more with us, Yost and his boys occupy the
limelight and go through their little gestures, and no doubt someone will
be kind enough to provide scandal and accident to occupy the student mind
between now and the J-Hop. And we all go on entertaining our little il-
lusions of importance, and wait patiently for the next step in the study of'
the student nervous system, that is to follow upon the eloquent discussions
of That Mind of Yours and The Student Spine.
Meanwhile I trundle my disgruntled nerve-ends elsewhere and am no
doubt pursued by a reminder that the grapes are sour.
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