Bookends: Dec. 7, 1987

IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE

by Calvin Trillin

Ticknor & Fields; 257 pages; $16.95

Let's see. If you can't say something nice, we'll call you. No. If you can't say something nice, carry a big stick. Worse. O.K., if you can't say, etc.

You may have a future in the humor-column dodge, but don't quit your job at the shoe factory till the check clears. Still interested? Try completing the column from this collection that begins "I've been wondering for a long time where all the chicken a la king went." Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker writer and syndicated columnist...