Books: Funny Girl


by Wendy Wasserstein

Knopf; 209 pages; $18.95

Wendy Wasserstein is funny. She must be funny. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for writing funny in The Heidi Chronicles. And in this collection of pieces, she says she's funny. She first realized this, she claims, in the second grade when she "brought down the classroom with my comedic routines on our prospects for lunch (vegetable chop suey was a highlight)." More recent evidence is that she likes I Love Lucy.

Humor is often in short supply in books by writers who assert they are funny. This is not second...

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