He's a gifted caricaturist and many of his fat cats, squared-headed generals and slippery-eyed politicians are amusing. But Andreas is neither fair nor balanced in his single-minded effort to get us to "Kick Out the War Junkies!"
So the Story Goes: Twenty-five Years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series
Edited by John T. Irwin and Jean McGarry. 303 pages. $18.95 paperback. $30 hardcover.
Twenty stories by twenty authors from twenty collections published in the Short Fiction Series are offered here. The stories are all written with a high literary competence, some are virtuoso performances. No particular style seems detectable: Thirty-six Miracles of Lyndon Johnson, by Jennifer Finney Boylan, elides the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and John Lennon in 36 numbered paragraphs. Many of the stories deal with domestic situations, even The Last Time, by Jean McGarry, the editor, which occurs within the menage of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Guy Davenport's A Field of Snow on a Slope is a baroque, or even rococo, tour de force expedition inside the mind of a gent in an asylum. The last sentence is: "But let us desist, lest quite by accident we be so unlucky as to put things in order."