Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race - in a press conference attended by paid actors, in which he slandered Mexican immigrants - he has dominated headlines, becoming the unrestrained id at the center of one of the most bizarre and alarming elections in American history. It was not always so. In 1996, longtime New Yorker writer Mark Singer was conscripted by his editor to profile Donald Trump. At that time Trump was a mere Manhattan-centric megalomaniac, a failing casino operator mired in his second divorce.
"Hilarious & Terrifying Simultaneously"
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.
Beloved author Roger Angell discusses his memoir, which includes reflections on his family and growing up that have recently appeared in The New Yorker, with Mark Singer, staff writer for The New Yorker.
This interview was recorded live at the 2006 New Yorker Festival in New York City.