Calvin Marshall Trillin (born 5 December 1935) is an American
journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist.
1 Early life and education
3 Personal life
6 External links
Early life and education
Calvin Trillin was born in
Kansas City, Missouri
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
Yale Daily News
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
After a stint in the U.S. Army, he worked as a reporter for Time
magazine before joining the staff of
The New Yorker
The New Yorker in 1963. His
The New Yorker
The New Yorker on the racial integration of the
University of Georgia
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
He has also written for
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
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
New York City for its own
sake and is unusual among novels for exploring the subject of parking.
The Library of America
The Library of America selected the essay Stranger with a
Camera for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True
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
In 1965, 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
Calvin Trillin bibliography
^ "Calvin Trillin". The Nation. ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved March
^ "My Favorite Things: Calvin Trillin". Retrieved 2013-03-17.
^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (June 6, 1996). "A Father as Drum Major
For His Son's America". The New York Times.
^ The Yale Banner, History of the Class of 1957.
^ "Contributors – Calvin Trillin". The New Yorker.
ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
^ Trillin, Calvin. Messages from My Father, p. 101. Macmillan
Publishers, 1997. ISBN 0-374-52508-0. Accessed August 31, 2011.
""My father took it for granted that I would always be Jewish,
whatever the background of the person I married. On the other hand, he
didn't exactly raise me to be a Jew; he raised me to be an American."
Column archive at The Nation
Appearances on C-SPAN
Calvin Trillin on IMDb
Works by or about
Calvin Trillin in libraries (
Calvin Trillin collected news and commentary". The New York
George Plimpton (Fall 1995). "Calvin Trillin, The Art of Humor No. 3".
The Paris Review.
Alex Altman (December 1, 2008). "Q & A Calvin Trillin".
Calvin Trillin Is Going Out — to Eat (Again)", Dave Weich,
Strolling and Snacking with
Calvin Trillin The New York Times
"The Salon Interview: Calvin Trillin"
"Chillin’ with Calvin Trillin" Interview by Pamela Ryckman, The
Brooklyn Rail (June 2005)
Politics In Verse With
Calvin Trillin Interview.
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