Calvin Trillin, writer, novelist, essayist, political poet, memoirist, and humorist. A staff writer for the New Yorker since the 1960s, when he began to write U.S. Journal, a series of 3,000-word articles published every three weeks for nearly fifteen years about different social, political, criminal, leisure, and cultural activities of everyday Americans and a regular columnist for The Nation and Time, Trillin is a prodigious producer of prose: twenty-six books on politics, race, his childhood, his father, his wife, his family, and of course food. Called by the Boston Globe “the bard of American idiosyncrasy” and hailed by the New York Times food critic, Molly Haskell, as “a comic Magellan, squeezing through the straits between official culture and down-home tastes,” Trillin has written about Kansas City barbecue ribs, spaghetti carbonara, and the Buffalo chicken wing, among many culinary subjects. His Tummy Trilogy, a collection of the essays on American customs and practices of eating that he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s, appeared in 1994.
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