From the grand old man of comedy, George Burns to the up-to-the minute observations of today's everyman, Dave Barry, these great humorists share one thing in common: their very individual, often raucously funny perception of the world around them. Laugh and enjoy!
"Sorry Dave. You have overdone boogers."
In the early '60s, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Over the next five decades of reporting, he often returned to scenes of racial tension. Now, for the first time, the best of Trillin's pieces on race in America have been collected in one volume.
This original recording - his first - features Trillin at his most uproarious, reading from his own articles and books. Wonderfully funny and full of surprises, this is a thoroughly satisfying, eminently entertaining, and beautifully crafted collection.
"Funny and well written"
In Calvin Trillin's antic tales of family life, Alice was portrayed as the wife who had "a weird predilection for limiting our family to three meals a day" and the mother who thought that if you didn't go to every performance of your child's school play, "the county would come and take the child". Now, five years after her death, her husband offers this loving portrait of Alice Trillin off the page.
"A wonderful gem"
Tepper enjoys sitting in his car, reading his newspaper in peace. His car always seems to be parked in a prime spot and other drivers want to know if Tepper is going out. He isn't. This drives some people crazy - including the mayor - but leads others to think Tepper harbors some hidden wisdom. The tale that emerges is "refreshing and completely likable."
"Dog Stopping Funny"
Many among America's wittiest, most perceptive, and popular writers join to read their works aloud at a fundraiser to benefit the homeless. Authors participating include Garrison Keillor, Maya Angelou, Laurie Colwin, Tom Wolfe, and Calvin Trillin.
"Empty Wallets", by George Packer; “Let’s Get Small”, by Alec Wilkinson; "Back on the Bus", by Calvin Trillin; "Matinee", by Robert Coover; and "Easy, Tiger", by David Denby.
Calvin Trillin proves that he is one of America's funniest food writers, while recalling his efforts to write a definitive history of the Buffalo chicken wing to his attempts to lure his older daughter back from California by finding an irresistible bagel.
"Great writing but horrible narration"
Andy Borowitz was here last week with friends Susie Essman, Hendrik Hertzberg, Calvin Trillin and surprise guest Lewis Black, for his Countdown to Election 2012. Before the panel took the stage, Borowitz performed a monologue on stage that had the audience, and his panel guests, in stitches.
Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1963, the year the magazine published "An Education in Georgia", his account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. He also became the "deadline poet" at The Nation in 1990. He has written verses on current events for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Public Radio, and has published 25 books.
Roz Chast brings her brilliant, hilarious artwork to No Fair! No Fair! and Other Jolly Poems of Childhood by Calvin Trillin and The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense by Daniel Menaker, as well as her own memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?. Join us for a conversation moderated by Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker) between the artist and authors, plus readings by Jane Curtin and Reg Rogers (The Knick).
This interview was recorded live at the 2006 New Yorker Festival in New York City.
"Euro Science", by John Lanchester; "A Waste of Energy?", by James Surowiecki; "The Golden Age", by Calvin Trillin; "State for Sale", by Jane Mayer; "Free Everything", by Miranda July; "To Catch a Beat", by Jonathan Lethem; and "Primary Suspect", by Anthony Lane.
"Three-Way Race", by Simon Schama; "Hef's Peak", by Dana Goodyear; "Make My Day", by Tad Friend; "Incident in Dodge City", by Calvin Trillin; "The Last Babylift", by John Seabrook; and "Fighting Form", by Anthony Lane.
"Choke", by Anthony Lane; "A Man in the Kitchen", by Donald Antrim; "Tasteless", by David Sedaris; "Spice Routes", by Jane Kramer; "The Fast Lane", by Judith Thurman; and "Three Chopsticks", by Calvin Trillin
"can't stand the reader!"
Tonight on the program, a discussion about President Obama’s speech in Dallas with Alan Blinder of The New York Times and Peter Baker, former chief White House correspondent of The New York Times.
Next, a discussion of policing with Bill Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner.
We conclude with author Calvin Trillin.
"Don't Look Back", by Steve Coll; "Squidding", by Dana Goodyear; "The Deflationist", by Larissa MacFarquhar; "Where's Chang?", by Calvin Trillin; and "Behind Bars", by Anthony Lane.
"Untransformed" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Wagers of Sin" by James Surowiecki; "Bag Lady" by Andrea Lee; "Rag Time" by Calvin Trillin; "Dressed for Excess" by Judith Thurman; "Backstage Angst" by Tad Friend; and "Dream On" by Anthony Lane.
"Disarray This" by Hendrick Hertzberg; "Launching Mr. Whitehouse" by Ben McGrath; "Alice, Off the Page" by Calvin Trillin; "Triple Threat" by Nancy Franklin; and "Unsocial Studies" by Anthony Lane.