:: SPEAKING OF WRITERS,
Caskie Stinnett, in his monthly piece for Holiday, neatly cuts to pieces the San Francisco or beatnik school of literature. He relates that on a panel show bad-mannered Jack Kerouac insulted writers Kingsley Amis and Ashley Montague, fellow panelists. He examines the meaningless work of Kenneth Rexroth , beatnik poet laureate, and finds he is fighting against overwhelming odds. Of a third member of the group, Allen Ginsberg, author of "Howl, and Other Poems,"Stinnett has this devastating comment:
"From the title this seems to be the kind of book that once you put it down, you can't pick it up again."
"We doubt that this is San Francisco's finest hour."
Perhaps you've heard
I'm sure it's pertinent
There's nothing so
As a lady's permanent.
:: 'TIS THE SEASON
to be jolly, also the season of the "duty" cocktail party. A South Sider, after making two of them, dragged home late for dinner and to his wife's tart inquiry, retorted, "You think drinking all that champagne is easy?"
is attributed to the personnel manager of a large organization: "What we are looking for is a man of vision; a man with drive, determination and courage. We want a man who never quits, a man who can inspire others; in short, a man who can pull the company's bowling team out of last place."
done-up Beverly Hills dowager, who was showing a new diamond bracelet to a companion dowager, was overheard saying, "I can't wear it for formal though -- it's too small!"
:: ASK A SILLY
question, you get the kind of answer you deserve. A man barged into a small Hollywood lunchroom, glanced at the menu and asked, "Is the tuna salad fresh today?" "Oh, yes," the waitress assured him sweetly, "it has to be -- we ran out yesterday."
:: AT RANDOM --
A weight-conscious employee of a knit shop at Pico and La Cienega Blvds. has a sign over her desk, "Don't eat." A devoted customer tattled . . . A well-known political figure committed this triple-ply redundancy: "I want to project myself 15 years ahead" . . . From Insider's Newsletter: "A word to remember is 'reorient.' It's the Pentagon's new language to make defense cuts seem as if they really aren't cuts. Years ago, military press agents, announcing cutbacks, said, ‘The fat is being cut off the muscle.’ Then it was ‘Stretchouts are being put into operation.’ Now ‘reoriented.’ ”