Picks and Pans Review: At First Sight

updated 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bill Boggs

Boggs is handsome. He's articulate. He has his own New York TV talk show and emcees the occasional CBS series All-Star Anything Goes. He hangs around with such attractive women as Lucie Arnaz and Susan Kendall Newman. So what made him write a novel? Not repressed literary genius. This extravagant mush is medium-core pornography and soft-core writing, full of lines like, "In her eyes was an alertness and intelligence that transcended her chiseled beauty." The story is about a New York talk-show host with a yen for a movie career who falls cliché over platitude in love with a French artist. It seems less autobiography than fantasy. At one point the hero agonizes over "the conflict between love and business, the awareness that I was still in only low-paying local TV." In an unconscious way, this is a very funny book. (Grosset and Dunlap, $10.95)

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