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WEDNESDAY

“Sounds awfully Capitol Steps,” muttered my husband as he viewed the copy of Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme that I’d cast onto our bed. And, well, yes: One needs a high drollery tolerance to stomach this sort of thing. But the author is the brilliant Calvin Trillin, who penned these topical verses for The Nation, and he’s not prancing around onstage in a top hat but rather laying out his metered quips for your private pleasure. I myself enjoy “I’m an Old Cowhand, As Sung by George W. Bush”: “Kerry’s soft on bad guys and I am hard….Toughest hombre ever hid in the Guard. Yippee i oh ti-ay!” If anyone can milk the increasingly-less-amusing Dubya for a laugh, it’s Trillin—much more so than Michael Moore. Hope that he doesn’t bring out the hat (or Mark Russell) when Trillin reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Pamela Murray Winters)