Not since David Stockman confessed his hopes and fears to The Atlantic has the Library of Congress been so busy reproducing a magazine article to satisfy requests from members of Congress. The hot topic is the nuclear arms race, and in demand is the February three-part New Yorker series by Jonathan Schell. The New Yorker staff writer began working on the series five years ago, but since then international concern over nuclear proliferation has grown, and now Alfred A. Knopf is hurrying to publish Schell's analysis as a author Victor Lasky had a best seller with It Didn't Start With Watergate, and Coward, McCann & Geogehegan apparently hopes lightning will strike twice. The publishing company just signed Lasky to write "a revisionist look at Nixon," as Lasky puts it. "While Nixon's no angel," says Lasky, "he ain't a devil either."

The 10th novel by The Washington Dossier founder Warren Adler will be published later this month. It's a Washington thriller called American Quartet from Arbor House . . . If you saw ABC's "20/20" segment on El Salvador last month, you know that gonzo TV reporter Geraldo Rivera got roughed up a bit by some locals. Nothing serious, but Rivera made the most of it in the retelling--not only on ABC but also to other reporters in Central America. By the time he settled into his first- class seat on a Pan Am flight from Guatemala City last month, he was something of a folk hero. The pilot asked Rivera to the cockpit to make sure he was all right. And the stewardesses made such a fuss over him that he gave them each a kiss as he deplaned in Miami . . . The struggle between those who believe abortions should be outlawed and those who don't moves into the paid media market as the Washington-based National Abortion Rights Action League runs into problems buying radio and TV ads for spots in Hartford, Conn., Des Moines, Iowa, and the Seattle-Tacoma area. Some stations refuse to run the ads for fear of inviting equal-time demands from right-to-life groups.