Living: And on Other Home Fronts

From Puget Sound to Pennsylvania Avenue, typewriters clack at kitchen tables and computer screens glow in closets. Who cares if the roast burns or the dog sheds on the couch? Not the scores of homemaker-columnists who are busy pounding out their copy. Such trifles must wait their turn behind dreams of hitting it big like Bombeck.

Bombeck's success has spawned a split-level cottage industry. In newspapers throughout the land, local scribblers focus on the foibles of their own lives and families to win sympathetic chuckles from readers. And readers cannot seem to get enough....

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