cover image Enough's Enough CL

Enough's Enough CL

Calvin Trillin. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $19.95 (251pp) ISBN 978-0-89919-958-0

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.)