Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin by Calvin Trillin
Forty Years of Funny Stuff

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Some of the best pieces of the esteemed humorist’s long career.
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For at least forty years, Calvin Trillin has committed blatant acts of funniness all over the place—in The New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway shows, in his “deadline poetry” for The Nation, in comic novels like Tepper Isn’t Going Out, in books chronicling his adventures as a happy eater, and in the column USA Today called “simply the funniest regular column in journalism.”

Now Trillin selects the best of his funny stuff and organizes it into topics like 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.”)

In Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin, the author deals with such subjects as the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics ceremony and the mystery of how his mother managed for thirty years to feed her family nothing but leftovers (“We have a team of anthropologists in there now looking for the original meal”) and 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.’ ” He remembers Sarah Palin with a poem called “On a Clear Day, I See Vladivostok” and John Edwards with one called “Yes, I Know He’s a Mill Worker’s Son, but There’s Hollywood in That Hair.”

In this, the definitive collection of his humor, Calvin Trillin is prescient, insightful, and invariably hilarious.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

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Calvin Trillin, who became The Nation’s “deadline poet” in 1990, has also written verse on the events of the day for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Public Radio. His political beliefs are so colored by rhyme and meter that he once criticized Hillary Clinton for being “insufficiently iambic” and publicly advised against a presidential run by the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. He is the author of Obliviously on He Sails and A Heckuva Job.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Random House. 369 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2011

Some of the best pieces of the esteemed humorist’s long career.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Oct 14 2011

...has chosen what he considers the best of his work and translated it into segments that lend themselves to be read aloud to friends as well as savored alone in a quiet room.

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The Economist

Excellent
Reviewed by The Economist. on Sep 17 2011

Mr Trillin describes himself as a “Deadline Poet” because of the rhyming verses he contributes regularly to the Nation. Happily, there are pages of them in this book.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Sep 16 2011

But his fans will find plenty to devour, and savor, here.

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Reviewed by Peg Eby-Jager

In this anthology’s dedication, we learn that even the pieces that don’t mention Alice “were written in the hope of making her giggle.”

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