LUNCHEON AT THE CAFE RIDICULOUS by Alice Kahn

LUNCHEON AT THE CAFE RIDICULOUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Further wry observations on modern life from syndicated columnist Kahn (My Life as a Gal, 1987). Like the wisest of humorists, Kahn brings a high wit and glowing humanism to that which she gently mocks, whether it be growing up with movies in the Forties (""I came to think of life as a dark, menacing screwball comedy, a philosophy that has stood the test of time""), the merits and pitfalls of phone sex (""Through the miracle of modern technology, you can reach out and not touch someone""), or Ken dolls (""Let's set the record straight: Ken is not gay""). And if she occasionally slides into sentimentality (on the recent Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin/Sammy Davis, Jr., reunion: ""Sing those sad songs for me"") or giddy silliness ("" 'Have you read Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit,' he asked? 'No,' I said, 'But I did see Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' ""), for the most part Kahn skewers the mark in these re-readable columns from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1989
Publisher: Poseidon/Simon & Schuster