Molloy is a family humorist for the Chicago Sun-Times whose major ploy is his brood of eight children. He is also a TV columnist--a reviewer of what he calls ""the tragic lantern."" In this collection of incidental pieces written over the past seven years, his prose has a sharper edge when honed on his TV grind; his fugitive flights about family life are simply spread with a butterknife. At his best he is completely serious, when discussing the Chessman execution, a plane crash, a circus fire, capital punishment, Christine Keeler, and so on. Indeed at times his middleclass morality drives him like a housewife with a spongemop. He formed a mock organization called ""Bluenoses, Inc."" to which over five thousand readers subscribed. He lauds the Catholic teenagers Modesty Crusade, an activity for promoting modesty and good taste in girls' attire. He is incensed by bleeding hearts, protest demonstrators and the useless deaths of human torches for peace...Diverting, but not much style.