By George Stade
In case you don't know that already, Mr. Stade
is going to make good and sure you know it by the time you have made your way through "Sex and Violence.
It is narrated in the first person by an author-substitute who is, like Mr. Stade, a professor of English at Columbia University.
Not too surprisingly, Mr. Stade's
alter ego, one Wynn O'Leary, is a very cool guy for a prof. He
is not only smart, but street-smart.
None of this ivory-tower stuff for him.
is also big and tough, an ex-football player, and knows how to handle himself in a fight - something that not every Columbia faculty member can say.
At the same time he
is a sensitive guy, and he
wants us to believe that his
paragon of post-chivalry is Dizzy Gillespie, and he
devotes a 20-page digression at the climax of the book to persuading us of this.
But it is a con.
Wynn O'Leary doesn't really want to be like Dizzy Gillespie, nor does George Stade