The Professor Game

by Richard D. Mandeb. Doubleday, $8.95. Mr. Mandell, a professor whose tenure is presumably unshakable (either that, or he has recently been fired and means to quit the trade entirely), has written a politely savage revelation of academia behind the ivy curtain. “Professors,” he explains, “are, perhaps, intrinsically no lazier than other humans.” They do, however, have an unusually favorable environment in which to exercise laziness because their “profession is remarkably free of standards or strictures to determine or enforce merit.”
Depending on one’s temperament, this provocative and frequently amusing diatribe can arouse a yen to be a professor or a determination to take the children out of school.