Famous Peop I Have

Ed McClanahan, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $13.95 (195p) ISBN 978-0-374-15329-8
McClanahan, whose first novel, The Natural Man, was greeted with considerable praise, delivers an odd assortment of reminiscences of his youthful adventures in the late '50s and '60s as a graduate student and erstwhile visiting lecturer in creative writing at ""the Harvard of the West'' (Stanford), and other stops (primarily at bars), including several escapades in his home state, Kentucky. The famous people McClanahan has known in literary circles will not find themselves in this book. As the author quotes Marcus Aurelius: ``All is ephemeralfame and the famous as well,'' and as mentor Ken Kesey blurts within: ``Fame is a wart.'' Rather, McClanahan spins nostalgic tales of the golden days of California hippies, recounting memories such as the recovery of his stolen typewriter from the likes of a motley crew of Doonesburyesque characters: ``Wheatgerm,'' ``Yogurt'' and ``Beast''all of which adds up, disappointingly, to little more than a mildly amusing diversion. First serial to Esquire and Playboy. Foreign rights: Harold Matson. November
Reviewed on: 11/01/1985
Release date: 11/01/1985
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 195 pages - 978-0-14-009311-7
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