The Gift of the Gab
McPhee Gribble, $12.95, 110 p.
This book is the best thing that’s happened to me since J.D. Salinger covered his typewriter, or went to Mars or whatever it was that happened to him. It’s a book to put in your satchel and take everywhere, so that in times of stress, you can take it out, read a chapter and feel your heart lift. In fact, it’s really too good for me to write about, but I don’t suppose the editor would be amused by a silent tribute.
Barry Dickins has given us thirty-odd chapters, snapshots is probably a better word, from his life. They are so funny, so sad, so ENLIGHTENED, they make you believe again in some of the things you’d become afraid to believe in.