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Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff
 
 
Author
Calvin Trillin.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781400069828
Pages/Publication Date 341/2011
Daedalus Item Code 41065
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If you have any sense of humor at all, you need at least one Calvin Trillin book on your shelf—and seeing as this one surveys his entire career, it's pretty much a ringer. A longtime staff writer at The New Yorker, as well as The Nation's deadline poet and the author of books like Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme, Trillin picks over his personal best here. We get the true story behind the Shoe Bomber ("The one terrorist in England with a sense of humor, a man known as Khalid the Droll, had said to the cell, 'I bet I can get them all to take off their shoes in airports'") and the mystery of how Trillin's mother managed for 30 years to feed her family nothing but leftovers ("We have a team of anthropologists in there now looking for the original meal"). Trillin advises on high finance ("My long-term investment strategy has been criticized as being entirely too dependent on Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes") and the literary life ("The average shelf life of a book is somewhere between milk and yogurt"). And he remembers Sarah Palin with a poem, titled "On a Clear Day, I See Vladivostok," and John Edwards with another: "Yes, I Know He's a Mill Worker's Son, but There's Hollywood in That Hair."

"I spent my college years deep into the great humorists: Benchley, Perelman, Woody Allen. Calvin Trillin is up there with any of them."—David Brooks

 
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