A newspaperman writes a different sort of book out of the rich panorama of a full life. It is episodic -- pls from it have appeared here and there -- but they add up to a rich understanding of humanity, sensed by eyes and ears and heart of a good reporter. They are stories drawn from the water fronts and the Bowery, from New Zealand to Florida, from city and Chilean village; there are down and outs, and there are luxury liner passengers; there's humor and pathos and horror. For essential flavor -- for diversity of type -- read Little Std, The Sentimentalist, the Lunatic Fringe. For those who liked Low Man on a Totem Pole, but found it pretty strong meat, this should prove a bonanza. Good book for men.