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The memories of Max Baer, new heavyweight champion, which are appearing serially in some of more boisterous newspapers, are very “classy” especially since it should be remembered that Mr. Baer by his own admission spent but a short time in school.

George Jean Nathan, one of the editors of the American Spectator, should be proud of a sketch that appeared in the July issue of his magazine called “Midsummer Kosher”—only a Jew would permit such anti-Semitism to creep into an allegedly non-sectarian paper.

Harry Scherman, president of the Book of the Month Club, who had planned to leave for Russia a few weeks ago, has been forced to change his plans because his son developed a leg injury….

Benjamin Ginsburg, who won a fellowship from the Academy of Advanced Sciences, is busily engaged in writing a book which will deal with the rebirth of science since the days of the Renaissance in Italy….

Arthur Garfield Hays, lawyer, liberal and writer, recently bought himself a home on Long Island Sound and a sail boat. He has no desire to compete in the coming yacht races between the United States and Great Britain….

Mike Gold gave up his job on the Daily Worker so that he could finish his proletarian novel which will be published in the Spring of 1935….

Since a certain publisher turned down the novel of a certain editor of a certain large magazine, everyone wonders how that certain magazine will now treat that certain publisher’s uncertain books?

Max Schuster, one of the most prolific writers of memoranda in the publishing business, is in Europe seeing S. & S. authors, but his stream of reminders which come each mail to the Inner Sanctum, would, if laid end to end, reach Mr. Schuster….

Guide Books and restaurant guides to the contrary, if you really want to see the working literati of New York drop into the New England Room of the Hotel Prince George any day between 1 and 3 P.M….

Did you read Clifton Fadiman’s review in the New Yorker last week of “Man’s Fate” by Haakoon M. Chevalier, the book that won the Goncourt Prize. Mr. Fadiman, among other boosts, suggested that you “run, not walk to the nearest bookstore for a copy.” About a year ago Fadiman, as editor of a publishing house, turned down this very book ### grounds that it ###

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