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If You Can't Say Something Nice

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  7 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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Ron
A collection of Trillin's short humorous essays from the mid-80s that he wrote for, I think, The Nation. Very droll, occasionally a nice little nip of anti-Reagan satire, lots of silliness, in a style that is a bit repetitive when read one after the other.
Read as a sleep aid in bed. Perfect format for that, nothing over 5 or 6 pages. Pleasant style, semi-amusing topics, a fine way to relax into sleep.;
I will remember how lucky he has been in getting gigs like this. Sure, he had to crank out some
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Mike Harper
A collection of four-page musings, many of which are very funny.
Kay
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.
Susan
Sep 22, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, nonfiction
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.
Valerie
Sep 30, 2008 Valerie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, 2008-2009-dc
I typically adore Trillin, but this collection isn't worth the paper it is printed on. Skip it in favor of more worthy titles.
Joanne
Sep 28, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes funny, often interesting. Written in the 80s, but with some name substitutions, could have been written today.
Jim
Jan 04, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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