A SHORT HISTORY OF FINGERS and Other State Papers by H. Allen Smith

A SHORT HISTORY OF FINGERS and Other State Papers

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mr. Smith, long a certified funny man, has not always been everyone's cup-of tee-hee, but this happy assemblage of a round three dozen pieces should build his already considerable audience. While the title sketch is below par, it contains a hilarious bit about digital multiplication. He is at his best concerning extra-marital registration in hotels, the foolishness that characterizes TV baseball announcers, and treating the subject of the adult with the loaded water pistol. He reveals an outright hostility to mountain climbing, shoppers who rip open ears of corn, and a shocking ignorance of the proper method of cooking eggs in the shell. He writes of Gene Austin and Jim Moran with light skill, and of Henry Mencken with affection and respect that is heartwarming. Following Mencken's advice to ""wink at a homely girl"" provides a very funny segment.

Publisher: Little, Brown