Picks and Pans Review: Love & Guilt & the Meaning of Life Etc.
by Judith Viorst
In a section on love, pop poet-philosopher Viorst asks, "Have you noticed that when you deeply love a man and he deeply loves you, and you feel completely secure in each other's love, you don't have to laugh at his jokes unless they're funny?" Under the heading of Guilt: "Morty my cousin feels guilty, he says, about not feeling guilty. He wants to know if that counts." Under Death: "I'm still hoping someone will make me a better offer." On Growing Old: "I'd rather grow azaleas." If you think those samples are amusing, then this little book of aphorisms and one-liners by the author of People and Other Aggravations is for you. It is handsomely designed by Herb Lubalin with distinctive drawings by John Alcorn. (Simon and Schuster, paper, $4.95)
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