Books: Hippogriffs and Zombies

THE AUTOGRAPH HOUND by JOHN LAHR 239 pages. Knopf. $7.95.

Read one way, maybe the wrong way, The Autograph Hound is a cliche checklist of comic Americana. It's set near Times Square (funny on the face of it, no?), and much of the action passes in an Italian restaurant where the Puerto Rican headwaiter is tricked out to look like a cowboy. The autograph hound is Benny Walsh, a busboy at a big Broadway restaurant called the Homestead. His girl friend Gloria burbles about cottages for two, aspires to break into show biz, but acts in skin flicks. What Aristotle...

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