Picks and Pans Review: Crazy for Love

updated 06/13/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/13/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Mike LaVelle

LaVelle, a sometime labor columnist, has rounded up a motley but amusing batch of items attesting to man's historical infatuation with infatuation. Two examples: In 1976, on Taiwan, a young man wrote 700 letters to a young woman, entreating her to marry him; she finally agreed to go to the Chinese equivalent of the altar—with the mailman who had been delivering the letters. In 1973 a 100-year-old Stockton, Calif, woman divorced her 103-year-old husband on the ground of adultery. He pleaded innocence, saying, "A woman looks like a man to me now." (Dell, paper, $5.95)

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