THE WCBS SMOKERS' CLINIC BOOK by Art Athens

THE WCBS SMOKERS' CLINIC BOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Smokers are apt to find these commands from the war zone hilarious, particulariy since radio announcer Athens barks them out with the fervor of a drill sergeant. Reconstructed here is a day-by-day (for three weeks) radio clinic that supposedly weaned thousands from the weed, chiefly through breaking associations--with traveling, telephone, meals, beverages, bedtime, etc.--one painstaking crack at a time. Like a good mystery, the program has twists and turns that mustn't be revealed; we are warned explicitly against progressing to the next clue before solving the last: ""DO NOT PROCEED TO THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR DAY THREE UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED DAY TWO! AND DO NOT CHEAT!"" Suffice to say that a basically sound program has here been clothed in hysteria; not only are the capitals unrelenting, they are differentiated into two levels, and they are numbingly condescending. Ideal for those who enjoy histrionics with a side order or ironic humor; otherwise, grit your teeth and skim for substance.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1979
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston