"Bud". That’s what author-journalist Mark Singer calls his forebear, the eminent Calvin Trillin, in this touching interview, recorded at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, in 2007. "Err on the side of effusiveness", was Trillin’s instructions to Singer regarding his own introduction. Such good-natured wit infuses this conversation, which takes a decidedly serious and poignant turn when Trillin discusses his latest book, About Alice, written shortly after his wife of over 45 years passed away in 2001. Calvin Trillin is an American treasure.
His books on eating are considered classics: American Fried, Alice, Let's Eat, and Third Helpings. He is also known for his nonfiction books, such as Remembering Denny, Killings, and, most recently, About Alice. His comic novels and commentary works include Tepper Isn't Going Out, Obliviously on He Sails, and A Heckuva Job. In this interview with Mark Singer, Trillin speaks on multiple topics, including his happy childhood and his experience at Yale as a Jewish Midwesterner.
Mark Singer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1974. His books include Funny Money, which first appeared in The New Yorker in serialized form, and three collections of his New Yorker pieces, most recently Character Studies: Encounters with the Curiously Obsessed.