THE FINE ART OF HYPOCHONDRIA OR HOW ARE YOU? by Goodman Ace

THE FINE ART OF HYPOCHONDRIA OR HOW ARE YOU?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For someone who's sick, Mr. Ace has a very healthy outlook... He is out ""to demonstrate there is an art to handling hypochondria with grace and dignity."" But then he has been handling his ""horrendous, everyday traumas"" with ease and wit ever since his old ""Easy Aces"" radio show. At present he is providing the laughs for ""The Perry Como Show"" on video as well as doing some informal essays for The Saturday Review. These pieces are loosely connected with the state of Mr. Ace's health, which is in constant flux particularly when confronted with such major ""traumas"" as TV's infamous Nielsen ratings. Did you know these ratings are obtained from the grand total of 1,130 sets picked at random throughout a nation that possesses at last count 52,000,000? The people that watch these favored few set the taste for the nation...""the tail that wags a multi-million-dollar dog."" Then there are minor problems which account for Mr. Ace's erratic blood pressure and these fall into an endless variety of categories: pigeons, taxi drivers, a baseball fanatic for a wife, commercials, producers...he even once spent nine days in bed with a bad haircut. Mr. Ace is usually not only just funny, he has something to say. Great medicine, easy to take.

Pub Date: July 8th, 1966
Publisher: Doubleday