Enough's Enough: And Other Rules of Life

Enough's Enough: And Other Rules of Life

by Calvin Trillin

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these 77 wide-ranging essays, selected from his syndicated column ``Uncivil Liberties'' and dating from 1987 to 1990, Trillin is clever and funny much more than half the time--a remarkably high average. The targets of his wit and scorn include Donald Trump, the ``humble roots'' of Senator Bob Dole, word processor spell-checks, teenage talk, telephone solicitors who call you by your first name, George Bush's trying to be taken for a regular guy and Ronald Reagan's selective deafness. Trillin tells what to do if you have a cockroach in your computer; exhorts you to send in, at the expense of the magazines, blank subscription cards; and advises Canada to deny that there's any such thing as a cold front. Virtually irresistible. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In spite of the frowns from the faithful, one is compelled to ask if enough isn't enough--at least for a while. How many of these triennial (or so) round-ups of Trillin's syndicated columns (in this case covering the years 1987 to 1990) does the typical library need to stock? There isn't a great deal to be said for or against this latest entry into the anthology sweepstakes. There are no new ingredients, no innovations in method. Trillin is still as discursive as the Walrus, though far less paradoxical. Out of everyday stuff he is able to spot things the ordinary eye misses. He is sprightly, nimble, and clever, but he never plunges very far beneath the surface. There is no investigation of whys and wherefores--things just are. Only for the definitive Trillin collection. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90.-- A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Lib. & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston

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