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The Pint Man
Steve Rushin. Doubleday, $24.95 (272p) ISBN
The first novel from former Sports Illustrated columnist Rushin joins other works of pub fiction, yet it's the wordplay--not the alcohol consumption--that drives the novel. Rodney Poole is unemployed, spends much of his time at New York bar Boyle's, and has had only one serious girlfriend. Change is in the air as Rodney's best friend prepares to move to Chicago and Rodney meets a woman named Mairead (who appears to actually like him); even his …