Fish Whistle: Commentaries, Uncommentaries, And Vulgar Excesses

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Seventy humorous short essays--many autobiographical--by a commentator for National Public Radio combine story-telling with acerbic social satire in the manner of S.J. Perelman and James Thurber

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Pinkwater, who has heretofore applied his hand with deft authority to the creation of children's books, has gathered between the covers of this volume a number of delightfully inconsequential monologues, originally written for National Public Radio's All Things Considered . Almost anything-- Mad magazine, shopping malls, being a writer, air travel--will set off and away his fancy flutters on a brief, airy little excursion. He is a writer with whom the reader goes lightly. None of his commentaries strikes very deep. He writes to amuse, and rarely does one feel that the effort of facetiousness is too ferociously sustained. In small doses, the book is wholesome medicine for gloomy moods.
- A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Library & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- Readers familiar with Pinkwater's books for children will enjoy this collection of humorous adult essays. The man is mad, and so are his comments. He takes on the characters of his small town in upstate New York, as well as those of his childhood; he comments on his weight problem and various methods of weight loss; he recalls incidents experienced while traveling the world. No topic is sacred, and all are cynically hilarious. Most pieces are taken from his efforts on National Public Radio, but their translations to written from spoken word do not suppress any amusing notes. Cataloging will hide this in 814, but creative librarians will find ways to make it more accessible. --Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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