By A.J. Jacobs
Updated March 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Pity the poor satirist in end-of-the-millennium America. How can you poke fun at reality when reality is already a punchline? Exhibit A: this novelette by the slow-talking (but apparently fast-writing) NPR host Keillor. Inspired by Jesse ”The Body” Ventura, the pro wrestler recently elected governor of Minnesota, this book features…well, a pro wrestler just elected governor of Minnesota. There are a couple of clever embellishments: Jimmy blows up his opponents with sweat-seeking cruise missiles, for instance. But in the end, you’re left wondering ”Why bother?” I’d rather read about the real pile-driving, boa-wearing, Schwarzenegger-costarring McCoy. C

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