Gov. Michael Dukakis doesn't escape criticism in his wife's new book. Bits and pieces of the awaited book, "Now You Know," have been leaking out, fulfilling expectations that the sometimes incautiously outspoken Kitty Dukakis would have juicy things to say. She blamed her husband's resounding defeat for the presidency partially on the unwillingness of both the campaign staff and the candidate to fight back against some of the more effective Republican campaign techniques such as the infamous Willie Horton television ads and the charges of a heavily polluted Boston Harbor. She was especially embarrassed by the now-famous photograph of the diminutive candidate in a tank wearing a military helmet.

Kitty is hard on Democratic primary rival Jesse Jackson and describes him as "a bit of a showboat who might stretch the facts to make himself more comfortable." She admits to having mixed feelings about Jackson, who was the first one to call her when she revealed she had a dependency on pills. But, Kitty adds, "I had real reservations about his qualifications. It seems to me that the presidency should not be an entry level for politics."

Out and About Milestone: Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Arena Stage's first production, "She Stoops to Conquer," which opened at the old Hippodrome Theater at Ninth Street and New York Avenue. There was a quiet celebration yesterday afternoon for the staff and resident company in the theater's Southwest home. There will be an official celebration Oct. 22 with a black-tie gala at the Departmental Auditorium that is expected to bring in some of the company's more famous alumni, such as Jane Alexander, James Earl Jones, Jill Eikenberry, Ned Beatty and Robert Prosky ...

The way things are going for Pamela Richards, she may need a parking lot at home for her cars. The Toledo woman, a United Auto Workers member for 23 years, refused the gift of a $17,600 non-union-made Honda Accord she had won on an Ohio television game show. She received $1,000 instead. As a reward for her pro-union stand, Richards was in town yesterday to receive a union-made Dodge Dakota pickup from AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, a gift he presented on behalf of all U.S. unions. And back home at the Chrysler Precision Machine Plant where Richards works, a collection had been underway to buy her a car, but was suspended after she received today's gift. Added to that, a Chrysler dealership in Huntington, W.Va., has offered her free use of a car for a year. Her stand also brought her appearances on "CBS This Morning" and "A Current Affair." All because she just said no ...

The Rev. Donald Wildmon, the Tupelo, Miss., head of the conservative lobbying American Family Association, has filed one of at least three complaints that the Federal Communications Commission has received about Boston station WGBH-TV showing Robert Mapplethorpe's explicit photographs at 10 p.m. Under its current rules, the FCC prohibits indecent material from appearing on the airwaves before 8 p.m. But last year, citing evidence that children often watch late television, the FCC adopted a rule allowing it to restrict such material 24 hours a day. That rule has been challenged. The FCC has not decided what action, if any, should be taken against WGBH ...

When all else fails, get a book contract. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega is reportedly making the rounds in New York listening to how much publishers will give him for his autobiography, which is aimed for a 1992 publication ...

President Bush, King Hussein, Saddam Hussein and King Fahd can all relax, the Persian Gulf crisis is all but over. Former pop singer Cat Stevens, who now calls himself Yusuf Islam, announced in London he was meeting with representatives of Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to ask them to settle the crisis ...