"Endangered Pleasures: In Defense of Naps, Bacon, Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences," by Barbara Holland. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 192 pages. $17.95
"Subtly, in little ways, joy has been leaking out of our lives," writes Barbara Holland. If only it were subtle, the leaking of joy from life. It's anything but, leaving a lot of old fogeys - and even some younger ones - longing for simpler if less enlightened days when it was still possible for a person to light up a cigarette or drive seat-belt-less without somebody making a federal case out of it.
One of the pleasures of this delightfully quirky book of essays is that you needn't agree with the author's views to enjoy reading it. In fact, it's probably more fun to read if you don't always agree with her, because some of her opinions are not only provoking, but thought-provoking; and thinking, too, is an endangered pleasure.