Picks and Pans Review: Roaring at One Hundred

updated 06/18/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by the Princeton Tiger

The Tiger, Princeton University's humor magazine, is to professional writing what the offensive line of Notre Dame is to professional football. The magazine's alumni include Booth Tarkington, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Caro, W.P. (The Wiz) Brown, John McPhee and Ring Lardner Jr., as well as such nonwriters as actor Jimmy Stewart, whose 1932 cartoon of a gas station in this collection is captioned, "Service Man: Say, how many gallons does this hold? Driver: I'm sorry. I forgot to shut off the motor." That sums up the tone of the material in this collection of 100 years of Tiger humor: It's often both literally and figuratively sophomoric. There's also a persistent tone of elitism; even in Depression-era samples, the humor centers on roadsters, girls and football. A lot of it is fun, though There's a brightly silly 1917 Fitzgerald spoof of the Kaiser, and a snobby, New Yorkerish column by Lardner. And there's the funny cover of a 1979 parody of PEOPLE—Idi Amin is in the cover photo, with a blurb saying, "The loveable madman 'knocks 'em dead' in Hollywood." The editor of that parody was Joshua Hammer, whose name can now be found listed among the editors of this magazine. (The Princeton Tiger, Princeton, N.J. 08540; $24.95)

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