On his neo-Chautauqua circuit, successful inventor, amateur counselor, and professional talker Linkletter has ""also wrestled with knotty issues like drug abuse and positive thinking."" In 20-odd brief but ranging chapters, he touches on the mysteries of management of time and personal organization, self-confidence and how to influence people, the potence of positive thinking and spiritual stability (that ""sine qua non of success""). Uncle Art writes in good-humored, homespun English. HIS favorite device: quickly jot down an inventory of attributes, a tabulation of this or a roster of that, and you'll soon be a better person. The net effect is a placebo for what ails you. ""I've addressed incurable lepers on Pacific Islands,"" he says, ""in an effort to convince them life can be meaningful."" In his apparently insatiable need to talk to folks he drops names with abandon and cites his own triumphs as illustrations--while a real family catastrophe is almost trivialized. The values are traditional and, honestly, the advice isn't bad. It's just a mite less inspired than insipid, ""The only meaningful contact is one that involves a genuine, giving personal interaction."" After such like, this well-intentioned Polonius might himself be advised ""more matter, with less Art.