Look who’s on the “Dick Gibson Radio Show”: Arnold the Memory Expert (“I’ve memorized the entire West Coast shoreline—except for cloud cover and fog banks”). Bernie Perk, the burning pharmacist. Henry Harper, the nine-year-old orphan millionaire, terrified of being adopted. The woman whose life revolves around pierced lobes. An evil hypnotist. Swindlers. Con-men. And Dick Gibson himself.
Anticipating Rush Limbaugh and Jerry Springer, Stanley Elkin creates a brilliant comic world held together by American manias and maniacs in all their forms, and a character who perfectly understands what Americans want and gives it to them.