Archive for February 19th, 2007

Alice Lived Here

CalvinFew writers have given me as much pleasure as Calvin Trillin, my guest on tonight's show (at 7:30; repeated on Friday at 10:30). Not that his subject matter has always been joyful. In fact, in his long career he's shown astonishing range -- producing comic novels (Floater, Tepper Isn't Going Out), humorous memoirs on eating out (The Tummy Trilogy), and political doggerel (A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme), but also stark reportage on terrible crimes (Killings). In recent years he's also given us a new kind of memoir -- nuanced, meditative, and often very moving -- such as Messages From My Father and, most recently, About Alice, a slender, poignant volume about his late wife. The new book is lovely, and getting a chance to talk with Trillin -- about Alice, but also about such silly topics as a tic-tac-toe-playing chicken -- was quite a privilege.

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Citizen Foyle

America just got taller and smarter! Adonal Foyle, the hyper-articulate Golden State Warriors center (and an excellent guest on this show last season), recently gained his U.S. citizenship. I'd learned of this through my favorite Warriors blog and subsequently had it confirmed by Adonal's parents, who join him in running Democracy Matters. Congrats to Adonal! (Now maybe our country will start playing smarter defense.)

February 19th, 2007


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