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If You Can't Say Something Nice

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The author of the widely syndicated "Uncivil Liberties" column ruminates on everything from Fidel Castro to the calorie count of his favorite food. "Trillin is a curmudgeon's curmudgeon".--People.
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published October 11th 1987 by Ticknor & Fields
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Mike Harper
A collection of four-page musings, many of which are very funny.
Vintage Trillin, circa the mid 80's, comprised of his columns over several years. There is some very funny stuff here, particularly when placed in context of the era, but it becomes repetitive if read more than a few pieces at a time. (So I didn't, parceling the book out for several months.) The best bits made me downright envious. Trillin is one of a kind, deadpan at its best.
Trillin writes about his family, his life, and events of the mid 1980's. While some of the latter have dated, others hold up surprisingly well. And it's difficult to summon the same degree of outrage that these essays originally elicited, which makes the humor shine more clearly.
I typically adore Trillin, but this collection isn't worth the paper it is printed on. Skip it in favor of more worthy titles.
Sometimes funny, often interesting. Written in the 80s, but with some name substitutions, could have been written today.
always droll and entertaining
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Calvin (Bud) Marshall Trillin is an American journalist, humorist, and novelist. He is best known for his humorous writings about food and eating, but he has also written much serious journalism, comic verse, and several books of fiction.

Trillin attended public schools in Kansas City and went on to Yale University, where he served as chairman of the Yale Daily News and became a member of Scroll an
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