Calvin Trillin Biography
Calvin Trillin(Humorist Calvin Trillin)is an American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist.
He was born on December 5. 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Yale University.
He worked for The New Yorker as a writer and for The Nation as a columnist. He’s best known for his colorful food essays, which have been published in collections such as 1974’s American Fried. April 2. 2014.
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After a stint in the U.S. Army, he worked as a reporter for Time magazine before joining the staff of The New Yorker in 1963. His reporting for “The New Yorker” on the racial integration of the University of Georgia was published in his first book, An Education in Georgia. He wrote the magazine’s U.S. Journal series from 1967 to 1982, covering local events both serious and quirky throughout the United States.
He has also written for The Nation magazine. He started in 1978 with a column called Variations, which was eventually renamed Uncivil Liberties and ran through 1985. The same name – Uncivil Liberties – was used for the column when it was syndicated weekly in newspapers, from 1986 to 1995. Essentially the same column then ran without a name in Time magazine from 1996 to 2001.
His humor columns for The Nation often made fun of the editor of the time, Victor Navasky, whom he jokingly referred to as the wily and parsimonious Navasky. (He once wrote that the magazine paid “in the high two figures.”) From the July 2. 1990, issue of The Nation to today, Trillin has written his weekly “Deadline Poet” column – humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces than any other person for The Nation.
Family, travel, and food are also themes in Trillin’s work. Three of his books–American Fried; Alice, Let’s Eat; and Third Helpings—were individually published and are also collected in the 1994 compendium The Tummy Trilogy. The most autobiographical of his works are Messages from My Father, Family Man, and an essay on March 27, 2006, New Yorker, “Alice, Off the Page”, discussing his late wife.
A slightly expanded version of the latter essay, entitled About Alice, was published as a book on December 26, 2006. In Messages from My Father, Trillin recounts how his father always expected his son to be a Jew but had primarily “raised me to be an American”.
He has also written a collection of short stories – Barnett Frummer Is An Unbloomed Flower (1969) – and three comic novels, Runestruck (1977), Floater (1980), and Tepper Isn’t Going Out (2001). This last novel is about a man who enjoys parking in New York City for its own sake and is unusual among novels for exploring the subject of parking.
In 2008, The Library of America selected the essay Stranger with a Camera for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime.
In 2012, he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, published by Random House. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.
Calvin Trillin Age
Humorist Calvin Trillin was born on December 5. 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Yale University. He worked for The New Yorker as a writer and for The Nation as a columnist. He’s best known for his colorful food essays, which have been published in collections such as 1974’s American Fried. April 2, 2014
Calvin Trillin Wife
He married the educator and writer Alice Stewart Trillin, with whom he had two daughters. Alice died in 2001. He also has four grandchildren. Trillin lives in the Greenwich Village area of New York City.
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Calvin Trillin was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935 to Edythe and Abe Trillin. In his book, Messages from My Father, he said his parents called him “Buddy”.
He attended public schools in Kansas City and went on to Yale University, where he was the roommate and friend of Peter M. Wolf, (for whose 2013 memoir, My New Orleans, Gone Away, he wrote a humorous foreword) and where he served as chairman of the Yale Daily News and was a member of the Pundits and Scroll and Key before graduating in 1957; he later served as a Fellow of the University.
Calvin Trillin Quotes
I’m more disturbed when people expect me to be serious
When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.
Getting a tattoo would probably make me cry.
I never eat in a restaurant that’s over a hundred feet off the ground and won’t stand still
The food in such places is so tasteless because the members associate spices and garlic with just the sort of people they’re trying to keep out.
We all know funny people who can’t get it down on the page – even funny writers who can’t get it down on the page.
You know, I used to say, when people say, ‘How do you think about what to write about in the poems every week?’ And I say, ‘Well, I have to turn it in on Monday, so on Sunday nights I turn the shower to iambic pentameter and it sort of works out that way.’
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He is one of America’s most prolific and versatile writers. To date, he has published twenty-six books, most recently (as of this writing) Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme. He has written books of fiction, verse, political commentary, family memoir, and travel. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1963 and is a longtime contributor to The Nation.
Calvin Trillin Poems | Calvin Trillin Poetry
The author of Random House’s Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Election in Rhyme, is The Nation’s “deadline poet.” He has been acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. As someone who has published solidly reported pieces in The New Yorker for 40 years, he has been called “perhaps the finest reporter in America.”
His wry commentary on the American scene and his books chronicling his adventures as a “happy eater” have earned him renown as “a classic American humorist.” His About Alice—a 2007 New York Times bestseller that was hailed as “a miniature masterpiece”—followed two other best-selling memoirs, Remembering Denny and Messages from My Father.
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He has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963 when the magazine published “An Education in Georgia,” his account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia.
More than four hundred of his’s pieces have appeared in The New Yorker. His work includes comic casuals and a wide variety of nonfiction, but his principal interest has been reporting on America. Between 1967 and 1982, he wrote a series of pieces from various locations within the United States called “U.S. Journal.”
He has published two collections from this series, “U.S. Journal” (1971) and “Killings” (1984; reissued with additional material in 2017). He followed that series with a series of longer narrative pieces under the heading “American Chronicles.” A collection of these pieces, “American Stories,” was published in 1991.
After serving in the Army, he joined Time, spending one year in their Atlanta bureau covering the civil-rights struggle. After returning from the South in 1961, he wrote for Time in New York, an experience that eventually served as the background for his comic novel “Floater” (1980). In 1996, he rekindled his connection with the magazine, writing a column until 2001.
From 1978 to 1985, he wrote a humor column for The Nation; the column was syndicated in newspapers from 1985 to 1995. His columns have been collected in five books: “Uncivil Liberties” (1982), “With All Disrespect” (1985), “If You Can’t Say Something Nice” (1987), “Enough’s Enough” (1990), and “Too Soon to Tell” (1995).
He continues to contribute a comic verse to The Nation. He has published four best-selling books of political verse, and, in 2016, he published a book of children’s verse called “No Fair! No Fair!” (illustrated by Roz Chast.) His humor collection “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin,” won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2012.
He has published thirty-one books, such as two other comic novels—“Runestruck” (1977) and “Tepper Isn’t Going Out” (2001)—and a collection of his pieces on race over fifty years, “Jackson, 1964” (2016). He has published three memoirs: “Remembering Denny” (1993), a memoir about a college classmate, “Messages from My Father” (1996), and “About Alice” (2005.)
His antic writings about eating, which began as comic relief from his more serious reporting, have been published in four books: “American Fried” (1974), “Alice, Let’s Eat” (1978), “Third Helpings” (1983), and “Feeding a Yen” (2004).
“Calvin Trillin’s Uncle Sam,” Trillin’s first one-man show, was presented at the American Place Theatre, in New York, in 1988. His second show, “Words, No Music,” was produced in 1990. He also travels widely as a public speaker.