December 12, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Bald as I Wanna Be

Current Status
In Season
Tony Kornheiser
Comic Novels, Pop Culture, Essays
We gave it a B+

Another book of recycled newspaper columns? Yes, but Bald As I Wanna Be is worth taking a second look at, since Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser can be a very funny guy. No topic is too sacred for his whoopee-cushion satire: his own spreading buttocks and retreating hairline, suburban moms driving four-wheel-drive rigs big enough to invade Czechoslovakia, a drunken investment banker run amok on an airplane ”like an orangutan.” He even pokes fun at his aging father, who’s hoarded every rubber band, paper clip, and Styrofoam meat tray to pass his way since World War II, ”but throws out my 1951 Willie Mays rookie card that is now worth eighty thousand dollars and could send my kids through college.” B+

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