The Fire in the Birdbath and Other Disturbances

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Humorous essays consider accidental knots, country life, lawn mowing, reincarnation, record setting, chickens, writing, public speaking, baldness, and backaches

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One thing Allen, director of creative writing at Ohio State University, has done in this collection of some of his articles, written at many times and on many themes for such magazines as Esquire and Atlantic : he has succeeded in writing on nothing and on next to nothing in such a way that the reader sticks it out to the end. The title and subtitle suggest the color and flavor of the piecesgentle, whimsical, indulgent in subjective fancies. He writes about smuggling pickled frogs into El Salvador, speaking to writing groups, trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records , going bald, with the pleasant informality of a man surprised in some quite unusual pursuit and not unwilling to share it. The book is readable and pleasant, and serves to pass the time. A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Library & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston
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Allen is 42, balding, thrice-divorced, and quite funny about these and other circumstances in his life as a Texan writer who now teaches at Ohio State University. In 21 essays from Esquire, the Atlantic and elsewhere, he writes with considerable warmth on diverse personal topics, from teenage enthusiasms (reincarnation, broom-balancing feats and mail-order writing courses) to midlife adventures (from travels in Central America to the search for a doctor for his bad back). His efforts to find "order and meaning" in life's small surprises, including a toaster that blows up and the flaming birdbath of the title, make this an appealing collection. Allen's books include Starkweather. January 20
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