The Info List - Calvin Trillin

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CALVIN MARSHALL TRILLIN (born 5 December 1935) is an American journalist , humorist , food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist .


* 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Bibliography * 5 References * 6 External links


Calvin Trillin
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 .


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
The Nation
_ magazine. He began 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 in the 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 .