Picks and Pans Review: Dear Sir, Drop Dead!

UPDATED 07/23/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/23/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

edited by Donald Carroll

Letters written in malice can be very funny—if you're not on the receiving end. Many of the most outrageous epistles here are too scatological to quote, but a few samples will suffice. To William F. Buckley Jr.: "You make me sick! I've never heard a person I'd like to shut up as much as I would you...You are really a perfect example of a spoiled creature of the rich and inbred." To columnist Erma Bombeck: "I was married to a shrew like you once for three days." And from a Rolling Stone form rejection letter (by Hunter Thompson) to would-be contributors: "Don't ever send this kind of brain-damaged swill around here again! If I had time, I'd come out there and drive a———- wooden stake through your skull!" For those who seek instruction in the art of being truly nasty, this anthology will be helpful. (Collier Books, $4.95)

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