KISS MY FIRM BUT PLIANT LIPS by Dan Greenberg

KISS MY FIRM BUT PLIANT LIPS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An original book that is a lawlessness unto itself, this has the continuity of a marijuana jag and, at times, the esthetics of a belly dancer. Oliver Bloom (absolutely no relation to Leopold) is a young painter who has lost interest in painting. One day on a California beach he is picked up and taken home by Bernice Baby, wife of Harry Baby, to set up a menage a quatre. The fourth party is Albert, Bernice's German Shepherd, who reads Variety, or pretends to. Bernice has a frigidity problem she thinks Oliver can help her solve. Later, Oliver goes out job-hunting, lands two jobs on separate floors in the same office building. Neither firm knows he has the other job, but Oliver keeps racing between offices for half a year, making $1,200 a month. At one job he writes ad copy; at the other he is the art director in charge of nude photos for a girlie mag. Meanwhile, he splits from Bernice Baby and sets up housekeeping on his own, with assistance from Alice. When Bernice splits from Harry Baby, she forces herself on Oliver, who is soon keeping not only two jobs but two girls ignorant of each other. The style is sheer fancy and shows some talent even though the book, a diversion, does not altogether come off.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1965
Publisher: Grossman