Alice Lived Here

February 19th, 2007

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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  • 1. cache earley  |  April 9th, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Amended For Typos:

    Those shirts. Ugh!. Love me some Josh Kornbluth. One of the greatest talk show hosts in the mix. He listens, and he lets his guests speak. Kornbluth asks the right questions. He’s exciting, he is comforting. But those shirts are in direct contrast to this exuberant personality.

    The shirts compete wayyyyy toooo much with his handsome, expectant face, and the set……..his shirts should be solid based in tone.

    Color(s), even loud striking color(s) would be fine. He is so lovely, lively and giving.

    As things stand: What Kornbluth giveth…..the shirts taketh away!!! We find the competing printed shirts (from paisley to mosiac and flowered patterns) disturbing to what is almost a 10 in production values. Let it happen!!!

    Thank you for coming into our homes with faith, hope and love…and those horrible shirts!!!

    Ms. Cache Earley

  • 2. Alan  |  January 21st, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I like Calvin Trillin’s stuff too. He was once the staff writer for the New Yorker…

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