The New New Journalism
Robert S. Boynton
Ted Conover
Richard Ben Cramer
Leon Dash
William Finnegan
Jonathan Harr
Alex Kotlowitz
Jon Krakauer
Jane Kramer
William Langewiesche
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Michael Lewis
Susan Orlean
Richard Preston
Ron Rosenbaum
Eric Schlosser
Gay Talese
Calvin Trillin
Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Wright
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           In 1979, Calvin Trillin was in Knoxville, Tennessee, to write about a high school girl who had died in a car crash. One night, she had brought the family car home past her curfew. Without going into the house, she got into another car with some friends and drove off again. Her father was enraged and jumped into his own car to give chase. A few miles down the road, her car crashed and she was killed. When a reporter for the local newspaper asked why Trillin had come all the way from New York to write about an insignificant, if tragic, death, the best answer he could muster was, "It sounded interesting."
           Trillin has perfected the art of turning merely "interesting" events into vivid, suspenseful stories, writing about everything from murders to the Chinatown chicken that beats all opponents at tic-tac-toe. He has employed virtually every literary form imaginable (article, essay, book, novel, poem, live performance).
           Calvin Trillin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 5, 1935. He studied English at Yale and was the chairman of the Yale Daily News. After two years in the army, he covered the early days of the civil rights movement as Time's Atlanta bureau. Trillin's first New Yorker assignment, "An Education in Georgia," later published as a book of the same title, grew out of this experience.
           In 1967, Trillin began writing The New Yorker's "U.S. Journal," a three-thousand-word report that appeared in The New Yorker every three weeks for the next fifteen years. It was while producing the "U.S. Journal" that Trillin developed a reputation for writing about food, although food was never really the subject of these pieces. "Writing about food has been a way of writing about the country without writing about politics or the entertainment industry." he says.
           Trillin has written a column in The Nation since 1978, and in recent years, he has contributed a poem a week (collected in Deadline Poet, 1994), and his book of poems about the Bush Administration Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme, 2004.
           Until Remembering Denny, a memoir about the most promising member of Trillin's class at Yale, who committed suicide in the early 1990s ,Trillin's workwas somewhat reticent and impersonal�a characteristic critics often attributed to his Midwestern upbringing. In 1996 Trillin continued to write more personally, publishing Messages from My Father, a memoir of the gruff Abe Trillin.
           In late 2001, Alice Trillin, the foil for much of Trillin's best humor, died. Herself a graceful, witty writer, she once penned a memorable review of Alice, Let's Eat, in which she rebelled against her husband's characterization of her as a "sensible" spoilsport. "I'm not against quests for the perfect ham hock or the perfect barbecue," she writes. "But I think that anyone starting out on such a quest should be aware that his guide is someone who will travel all the way to a place called Horse Cave, Kentucky because he likes the way the name Horse Cave, Kentucky sounds when he drops it to me over the phone."



BOOKS

Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse, Random House 2012
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Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, Random House, 2011
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Trillin on Texas, University of Texas Press, 2011
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Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme, Random House, 2008
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About Alice, Random House, 2006
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A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme, Random House, 2006
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Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme, Random House, 2004
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Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco, Random House, 2003
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Tepper Isn’t Going Out: A Novel, Random House, 2001
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Family Man, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998
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Messages from my Father, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1996
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Too Soon to Tell, Warner, 1995
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The Tummy Trilogy, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994
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Deadline Poet, or, My Life as a Doggerelist, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994
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Remembering Denny, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993
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American Stories, Ticknor and Fields, 1991
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Enough’s Enough (and Other Rules of Life), Ticknor and Fields, 1990
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Travels with Alice, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989
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If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Penguin, 1988
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With All Disrespect: More Uncivil Liberties, Penguin, 1986
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Killings, Penguin, 1985
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Third Helpings, Penguin, 1984
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Uncivil Liberties, Penguin, 1982
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Floater, Ticknor and Fields, 1980
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Alice, Let’s Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater, Vintage, 1979
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Runestruck, Little, Brown, 1977
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American Fried: Adventures of a Happy Eater, Doubleday, 1974
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Barnett Frummer Is an Unbloomed Flower, Viking, 1969
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An Education in Georgia, Viking, 1964
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ARTICLES

Unless otherwise noted, all articles appeared in The New Yorker

"Revealed: The Actual Fort Lee Traffic Study", The New York Times, Jan 25, 2014

"Our Local Correspondents: Mozzarella Story", The New Yorker, December 2, 2013

"What Cynthia Ozick Taught Me About My Grandfather", The New York Times Magazine, November 15, 2013

"Loose Ends: Sabbath Gasbags, Speak Up", The New York Times, June 1, 2013

" Eating Out: Land of the Seven Moles", The New Yorker, December 3, 2012

"Shouts & Murmurs: The Potty-Talk Pledge", The New Yorker, November 27, 2012

"Shouts & Murmurs: Three Scenes Inspired By The Gingrich Campaign", The New Yorker, February 27, 2012

"The Long-Suffering Super Pac", The New York Times, February 25, 2012

"Shouts & Murmurs: President Romney Meets Other World Leaders", The New Yorker, January 16, 2012

"ACI: A new way of measuring pretensiousness", Slate, January 13, 2012

"Personal History: My Repertoire", The New Yorker, November 21, 2011

"Letter from Toronto: The Golden Age", The New Yorker, October 10, 2011

"Reflections: Back on the Bus", The New Yoker, July 25, 2011

"Talk of the Town: Digits", The New Yorker, April 4, 2011

"U.S. Journal: No Daily Specials", The New Yorker, November 22, 2010

"Annals of Crime: Incident in Dodge City", The New Yorker, May 10, 2010

"Annals of Gastronomy: "Where's Chang?"", The New Yorker, March 1, 2010

"True Story: Crystal Ball", The New Yorker, January 18, 2010

"Letter from Montreal: Funny Food", The New Yorker, November 23, 2009

"Wall StreetSmarts", The New York times, October 14, 2009

"Annals of Crime: At the Train Bridge", The New Yorker, July 27, 2009

"Half an Oaf", The New York Times, April 12, 2009

"Dept. of Gastronomy: By Meat Alone", The New Yorker, November 24, 2008

"Letter from London: Capital Fellows", April 14, 2008

"Letter From Long Island: The Color of blood", The New Yorker, March 3, 2008

"Singapore Journal: Three Chopsticks", September 3 & 10, 2007

"Canada Journal: The House Across the Way", June 25, 2007

"Letter From Nova Scotia: Rag Time", September 25, 2006

"Personal History: Alice, Off the Page", March 27, 2006

"Letter From Ecuador: Speaking of Soup", September 5, 2005

"Letter from Illinois: Lost Son", March 14, 2005

"The Fifth Decade: 1965-1974", December 20, 2004

"Letter from South Africa: Dissed Fish—The Strange Attraction of Snoek", September 6, 2004

"Shouts & Murmurs: Questions for President Bush’s Next Press Conference", November 17, 2003

"Profiles: Newshound", September 29, 2003

"What Happened to Brie and Chablis?", September 8, 2003

"U.S. Journal: Suffolk County, Long Island", March 10, 2003

"U.S. Letter: Cleveland", February 10, 2003

"Annals of Gastronomy: Local Bounty", January 20, 2003

"U.S. Journal: Called at Rushton", November 18, 2002

"Shouts & Murmurs: Unpublished Letters to the Ethicist", November 4, 2002

"Annals of Taste: The Red and the White", August 19, 2002

"U.S. Journal: The Bubble Gum Store", April 15, 2002

"Annals of Gastronomy: Don’t Mention It", April 15, 2002

"Department of Gastronomy: Missing Links", January 28, 2002

"Letter from Canada: Paper Baron", December 17, 2001

"Shouts & Murmurs: An Outtake from ‘Antiques Roadshow’", October 29, 2001

"The Back Page: Life on the Ranch (Measured by the Same Yardstick as Life in Washington)", September 3, 2001

"Annals of Gastronomy: New Grub Streets", September 3, 2001

"Letter from Kansas: The Bull Vanishes", June 11, 2001

"Annals of Finance: Marisa and Jeff", July 10, 2000

"New York Journal: The Magic Bagel", March 27, 2000

"Oh, Y2K, Yes Y2K, How Come It Has To End This Way?", December 13, 1999

"A Reporter at Large: Paris and His Sisters", April 19, 1999

"U.S. Journal: The Chicken Vanishes", February 8, 1999

"Shouts & Murmurs: New Orleans Unmasked", February 2, 1998

"Shouts & Murmurs: The Potoroo Principle", May 26, 1997

"Shouts & Murmurs: Tourists Trapped", January 13, 1997

"Shouts & Murmurs: Wonton Lust", December 2, 1996

"Shouts & Murmurs: Easy Rider", August 12, 1996

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Anne of Red Hair", August 5, 1996

"Postscript: Joseph Mitchell", June 10, 1996

"Shouts & Murmurs: Killer Bagels", February 12, 1996

"Books: You Must Remember This", December 25, 1995

"Shouts & Murmurs: Doing it the Lard Way", November 27, 1995

"The Talk of the Town: Taking Issue with the Issues", November 13, 1995

"Shouts & Murmurs: Turning the Tables", October 2, 1995

"Shouts & Murmurs: Stage Father", July 10, 1995

"A Reporter At Large: State Secrets", May 29, 1995

"Shouts & Murmurs: What’s the Good Word?", May 15, 1995

"Christmas in Qatar", December 19, 1994

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Drawing the Line", December 12, 1994

"Shouts & Murmurs: Paper Trials", November 21, 1994

"Just How Do You Suppose That Alice Knows?", November 7, 1994

"Shouts & Murmurs: So, Nu, Dr. Freud?", August 15, 1994

"Personal History: Messages from My Father", June 20, 1994

"Shouts & Murmurs: Scoop!", April 11, 1994

"Reflections: Din! Din! Din!", March 21, 1994

"Shouts & Murmurs: Out of Style", February 14, 1994

"Shouts & Murmurs: Unplugged", January 24, 1994

"Shouts & Murmurs: Unmasked", November 15, 1993

"Shouts & Murmurs: Animal Wrongs", October 11, 1993

"Onward and Upward with the Arts: Culture Shopping", February 15, 1993

"American Chronicles: First Family of Astoria", February 8, 1993

"Shouts & Murmurs: Smoking Incorrectly", January 25, 1993

"Remembering Mr. Shawn", December 28, 1992

"Shouts & Murmurs: Broken English", November 23, 1992

"American Chronicles: You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get", February 25, 1991

"American Chronicles: The Italian Thing", November 19, 1990

"Corrections", February 5, 1990

"American Chronicles: Knowing Johnny Jenkins", October 30, 1989

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Abigail y Yo", June 26, 1989

"Profiles: A Couple of Eccentric Guys", (Penn and Teller) May 15, 1989

"American Chronicles: It’s Our Name", July 11, 1988

"American Chronicles: Democracy in Action", March 21, 1988

"American Chronicles: Stranger in Town", February 1, 1988

"American Chronicles: Frenchy and the Persians", June 29, 1987

"American Chronicles: Goldberg Can Go Home Again", April 6, 1987

"American Chronicles: The Life and Times of Joe Bob Briggs, So Far", December 22, 1986

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: The Last Babyfoot", September 25, 1986

"Department of Amplification: Markets", September 2, 1985

"American Chronicles: Outdoor Life", August 11, 1986

"American Chronicles: Black or White", April 14, 1986

"Letter from Mott Street", February 24, 1986

"Profiles: Covering the Cops", (Edna Buchanan), February 17, 1986

"American Chronicles: Rumors Around Town", January 6, 1986

"Becker is Not Going Out", October 14, 1985

"American Chronicles: Zei-Da-Man", October 7, 1985

"Onward and Upward with the Arts: Thoughts of an Eater with Smoke in his Eyes", August 12, 1985

"American Chronicles: Competitors", July 8, 1985

"American Chronicles: Right of Way", May 6, 1985

"American Chronicles: I’ve Got Problems", March 18, 1985

"Onward and Upward with the Arts: Damp in the Afternoon", December 24, 1984

"U.S. Chronicles: Telling a Kentucky Story", December 17, 1984

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Full Basket", September 17, 1984

"U.S. Chronicles: Mystery Money", July 16, 1984

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: A Report for Mr. Bryant", June 11, 1984

"Profiles: Making Adjustments", (Beaumont Martin), May 28, 1984

"A Reporter At Large: Harvard Law", March 26, 1984

"Department of Amplification: Kansas City", March 19, 1984

"Onward and Upward with the Arts: Prix du Hamburger", December 26, 1983

"A Reporter At Large: American Royal", September 26, 1983

"U.S. Journal: Grundy County, Iowa—A Father-Son Operation", September 20, 1982

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Hong Kong Dream", September 13, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Tucson, Arizona—Under the Fruitless Mulberry", July 19, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Greenwich Village—Thoughts on the Shape of the Neighborhood History", June 7, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Crescent City, Florida—Just Try It", May 31, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Pembroke Park, Florida—Funny, Funny", April 12, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Santa Fe, New Mexico—Thy Neighbor’s Roof", March 29, 1982

"U.S Journal: Crawford County, Kansas—Fried-Chicken War", March 8, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Boulder, Colorado—Let Me Find a Place", January 25, 1982

"U.S. Journal: Reading, Pennsylvania—A Few Beers with Suds and Dregs", February 15, 1982

"U.S. Journal: San Diego—Thoughts While Riding a Trolley Toward Tijuana", December 14, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Miracle Valley, Arizona—Nothing But Holiness", December 7, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—Confessions of a Stand-Up Sausage-Eater", November 2, 1981

"U.S. Journal: New York and Washington—Anti-Metrics", August 31, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Langhorne, Pennsylvania—Amusement-Park Thoughts of a Parent Along for the Rides", August 24, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Louisiana—The Tunica Treasure", July 27, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Chicago—Divining the Mysteries of the East", May 25, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Tucson, Arizona—The Mystery of Walter Bopp", May 11, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Wendover, Utah—Space in Wendover", April 13, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Reedley, California—Thoughts on Changing Names", March 30, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Beardstown, Illinois—Quackscam", March 9, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Savannah, Georgia—Among Friends", January 29, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Nekoma, North Dakota—Nuclear Thoughts Next to a Large Anchor", January 19, 1981

"U.S. Journal: Natchitoches, Louisiana—Noble Experiment", January 12, 1981

"U.S Journal: Manhattan—New York Thoughts From a Booth at Reidy’s", December 29, 1980

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Covent Garden", December 22, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Terre Hill, Pennsylvania—The Men and the Women", November 10, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Buffalo, New York—An Attempt to Compile a Short History of the Buffalo Chicken Wing", August 25, 1980

"U.S. Journal: New Orleans—Making Deals", July 28, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Ocoee, Florida—A Short History of the Ocoee Secession Movement, So Far", July 7, 1980

"U.S. Journal: St. Louis, Missouri—Regional Thoughts from Atop the Gateway Arch", June 16, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Georgetown, Delaware—A Stag Oyster Eat Below the Canal", May 19, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Miami, Florida—Judging Johnny Jones", April 21, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Fairfield, Iowa—Resettling the Yangs", March 24, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Las Vegas, New Mexico—The Return (Perhaps) of Las Gorras Blancas", March 3, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—Thoughts on the Historical Perspective", January 21, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Hollywood, California—Not Funny", January 7, 1980

"U.S. Journal: Emmaus, Pennsylvania—Mowing the Lawn", December 10, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Central, Pennsylvania—Called at Rushton", November 12, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Baltimore, Maryland—Tasting", November 5, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Bedford, Indiana—Natural", October 2, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Southern California—Receptor", August 17, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Oregon—Thoughts of a Skeptical Grownup at Beaver Boys’ State", August 13, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—Discovering the Steinettes", July 2, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Fairhope, Alabama—Control", June 11, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Hanover, New Hampshire—The Symbol Is a Symbol", May 7, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Boise, Idaho—Bargain", April 30, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Mamou, Louisiana—Thoughts on a Cajun Renaissance While Watching Chickens Being Chased", April 9, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Knoxville, Tennessee—It’s Just Too Late", March 12, 1979

"U.S. Journal: Minneapolis, Minnesota—Thoughts of a Confirmed Indoorsman in the Great Indoors", February 19, 1979

".S. Journal: Riverside, California—Todo Se Paga", February 5, 1979

".S. Journal: Atlantic City, New Jersey—Assemblage", January 8, 1979

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: Is There a Danger in So Many Foreign Investors’ Buying Up Businesses and Property in America?", (with illustrations by Edward Koren), December 11, 1978

"U.S. Journal: San Francisco—Tink", November 27, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Greenwich Village—Confessions of a Grownup Trick-or-Treater", November 20, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Roque Bluffs, Maine—Thoughts During An Auction of Oceanfront Lofts", October 30, 1978

"U.S. Journal: On the Road—Way of Life", October 16, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Manchester, New Hampshire—Family Problems", July 24, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Kansas—Thoughts of an Occasionally Thirsty Traveling Person", August 7, 1978

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Low and Slow, Mean and Clean", with illustrations by Edward Koren), July 10, 1978

"U.S. Journal: New England—A Real Nice Clambake", June 26, 1978

"U.S. Journal: South Louisiana—The Definitive History of Didee’s Restaurant, So Far", April 17, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Seattle—Alternatives", April 10, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Bayou La Batre, Alabama—Concerned Citizens", March 27, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Locke, California—The Last Chinatown", February 20, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Berkeley, California—Monopoly and History", February 13, 1978

"U.S. Journal: Denver—Survival", January 23, 1978

".S. Journal: Morgan City, Louisiana—Warm Bodies", January 15, 1979

"U.S, Journal: San Francisco—Some Thoughts on the International Hotel Controversy", December 19, 1977

"U.S. Journal: Reading, Pennsylvania—Direct from the Factory", December 5, 1977

"U.S. Journal: Watts—The Towers", December 4, 1971

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents: To Market, to Market", November 21, 1977

".S. Journal: Maine—Marshall and the Folk", October 10, 1977

"U.S. Journal: Nebraska—A Softball, A Lump", August 15, 1977

"U.S. Journal: The Bronx—The Coops", August 1, 1977

"U.S. Journal: High Point, North Carolina—Shopping the Market", June 6, 1977

"U.S. Journal: New England—Thoughts Bought On By Prolonged Exposure to Exposed Brick", May 16, 1977

"U.S. Journal: San Antonio—Some Elements of Power", May 2, 1977

"U.S. Journal: Tampa, Florida—Four People Who Do Not Lunch at the University Club", April 11, 1977

"Reflections: Remembrance of Moderates Past", March 21, 1977

".S. Journal: Manhattan—Thoughts on Changes in the Rules", March 7, 1977

"U.S. Journal: Kentucky—Stalking the Barbecued Mutton", February 7, 1977

"U.S. Journal: Cleveland, Tennessee—Melisha Morganna Gibson", January 10, 1977

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: Why Did You Decide To Get Married? (Asked in Connection With National Alimony and Child Support Week)", (with illustrations by Edward Koren), December 27, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Boston—The Unpleasantness at Whimsey’s", December 13, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Rockford, Illinois—Schools Without Money", November 8, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Adamstown, Pennsylvania—Some People I Have Dealt With At Renninger’s", October 4, 1976

"U.S. Journal: California—Confessions of a Crab Eater", August 16, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Second Avenue—Goldberg as Artifact", July 26, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Washington, D.C.—Scouting Sleepers", June 14, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Annapolis, Maryland—Thoughts During a Filibuster on Subways", May 31, 1976

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: What Are You Doing to Celebrate the Bicentennial?", May 10, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Costilla County, Colorado—A Little Cloud on the Title", April 26, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Atlanta—A Travelling Person Marooned on a Cocktail Island", March 29, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Newport, Kentucky—Across the River", March 22, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Miami Beach—Reflections of a More or Less Junior Citizen Shopping on Washington Avenue", February 16, 1976

"U.S. Journal: Mount Laurel, New Jersey—Some Thoughts on Where Lines Are Drawn", February 2, 1976

"U.S. Journal: The Southwest—Cultural Differences", January 5, 1976

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: How Has New York’s Financial Emergency Affected You?", December 22, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Jefferson City, Missouri—Foreign Relations", December 8, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Brooklyn—Three Tenants of the Restoration Shopping Center", November 10, 1975

"Our Far-Flung Correspondents—Squatters", November 3, 1975

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: Have You Been Doing Any Gardening This Summer? (Asked in Connection with National Cutworm-and-Slug Week)", August 25, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—The Bubble Gum Store", July 12, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Junction City, Kansas—Three Restaurants", July 7, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Union City, New Jersey—Observations While Eating Carne Asada on Bergenline Avenue", June 30, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Seattle—Causes and Circumstances", June 2, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Charleston, South Carolina—The Blacks, the Jews, and the Bird-Lovers", May 12, 1975

"U.S. Journal: San Juan Capistrano, California—Really, Truly", April 14, 1975

"The Eighty-Seventh (Nearly) Annual Tournament of Roses", March 31, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Miami Beach—Harvey St. Jean Had It Made", March 17, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Bisbee, Arizona—Ground Floor", March 3, 1975

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: What Kind of Pet Do You Have and Why? (Asked in Connection with National Pet Food and Accessories Week)", February 24, 1975

"U.S. Journal: New Orleans—On the Possibility of Houstonization", February 17, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—Three Strand-Hounds", February 10, 1975

"U.S. Journal: New Glarus, Wisconsin—Swissness", January 20, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Houston—Some Thoughts on a Congress of Cities", January 6, 1975

"U.S. Journal: Wheeler Lake, Alabama—Putting It All Together", December 2, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Vermont—250 and Beyond", November 4, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Kanawha County, West Virginia—Some Elements in a Dispute That Resulted in the Closing of Schools, the Shutting Down of Industry, the Wounding of Men, and the Cancellation of Football Games", September 30, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Valdez, Alaska—Impact", September 2, 1974

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: Has the Upheaval in Cyprus, Worldwide Inflation, and the Resignation of the President Spoiled Your Summer Vacation?", August 26, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Spokane, Washington—Thoughts of a Fair-Trotter", August 5, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Truth Or Consequence, New Mexico—There’s Only One Truth Or Consequences", June 10, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—The Parkway Restaurant: Dramatis Personae", June 3, 1974

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: Do You Think the Administration Will Be Able To Stop the Constant Increase in the Cost Of Food?", May 27, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Kahoka, Missouri—Hog Factory", May 6, 1974

"Down the [Adjective Deleted] Road", May 13, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Kansas City, Missouri—Reflections of Someone Whose Home Town Has Become a Glamour City", April 8, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Imperial County, California—The Glamis Run", March 11, 1974

"U.S. Journal: St. Croix, American Virgin Islands—Indigenous Population", February 25, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Suffolk County, Long Island", February 11, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Boston—Parallels", January 21, 1974

"U.S. Journal: Garrison, New York—Jackpot", January 7, 1974

"The Inquiring Demographer—This Week’s Question: How Do You Think Watergate Will Affect the Energy Crisis?", December 17, 1973

".S. Journal: Biddeford, Maine—O&uacut; Se Trouve La Plage?", December 10, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Madison, Wisconsin—The Red Mayor and the Ideal Place", December 3, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Lander, Wyoming—Hitters and Missers", November 26, 1973

"U.S. Journal: American Market, London—Thoughts of a Late-Blooming Acquirer", October 22, 1973

"U.S. Journal: New York—Eating Out", August 6, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Oklahoma—Reflections on Muskogee’s Acquiring its Own Submarine", July 9, 1973

"U.S. Journal: The Midwest—Do the Folks Out There Really Care?", June 9, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Gallup, New Mexico—You Always Turn Your Head", May 12, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Southern California—Sergei Kourdakov", May 5, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Atlanta—Settlement", March 17, 1973

"U.S. Journal: The Lower East Side—A Sunday-Morning Tale", February 24, 1973

"U.S. Journal: El Paso, Texas—Hard to Sell", February 17, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Sacramento, California—A Public Hearing on the Origin of the Species", January 6, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Ohio—Gourmets and Eaters", February 3, 1973

"U.S. Journal: Newark—Kawaida", December 30, 1972

"U.S. Journal: The Coastline—Some Reflections on Sand as Real Estate", November 18, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Baltimore—City Fair", October 28, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Forest City, Iowa—A Day in the Back Room", October 14, 1972

"U.S. Journal: American Colony, Guadalajara—Guests", September 2, 1972

"A Reporter at Large: Tribute", August 5, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—A Few Observations on the Zapping of the Inner Circle", July 15, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Texas—Reformer", June 17, 1972

"U.S. Journal: New York, Richmond, Detroit—Thoughts of a Non-Shareholder Whose Mind Tends To Wander During Meetings", June 3, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Breaux Bridges, Louisiana—Eating Crawfish", May 20, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Cloverdale, California—Buck and Baratta", April 22, 1972

"U.S. Journal: St. Petersburg, Florida—Unmissed Person", April 15, 1972

"NO!", Playboy, April 1972

"U.S. Journal: Albany, New York—Give Me a Yes on That One", March 18, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Brooklyn—Picking a Jury", February 26, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Maine—Runes", February 5, 1972

"U.S. Journal: East Hampton, Long Island—Friction", January 8, 1972

"U.S. Journal: Tesuque, New Mexico—Some Facts About the Colonias Project, and Several Ways of Looking at Them", December 18, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Disney World, Florida—Are You Having Fun?", November 6, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—Fun’s Over", October 9, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Gallup, New Mexico—Drunken Indians", September 25, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Arroyo Seco, New Mexico—A Short History of the Business District", September 18, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan—The Ordeal of Fats Goldberg", July 3, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Manhattan and Atchison, Kansas—The Maes Family", June 12, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Kansas—War Without Hawks", May 22, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Florida—Some Questions That Occur to an Oldie Talking to the Sun", May 1, 1971

".S. Journal: Crystal City, Texas—New Cheerleaders", April 17, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Dorchester County, South Carolina—Victoria Delee—In Her Own Words", March 27, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Center Junction, Iowa—Jim, Tex, and the One-Armed Man", February 20, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Imperial County, California—Four Doctors with Views on a Clinic", February 13, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Pasadena—Waiting for the Roses", January 16, 1971

"U.S. Journal: Pinellas County, Florida—Attractions", January 2, 1971

"A Nation of Shopkeepers Loses Three of Them Through Contact with a Nation of Violence", The Atlantic Monthly, January 1971

"U.S. Journal: Houston—Not Super-Outrageous", December 12, 1970

"U.S. Journal: New Haven—Return of an Overstructured Bladderballer", November 21, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Nampa, Idaho—Negative and Controversial", October 31, 1970

"U.S. Journal: West Forty-Fourth Street—Shapiro and I", October 17, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Grosvenor Square—Protection and Welfare", September 19, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Luverne, Alabama—G.T. Miller’s Plan", August 29, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Long Island—Hero Investigator", July 18, 1970

"U.S. Journal: West Chester, Pennsylvania—I’ve Always Been Clean", June 27, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Fort Dix, New Jersey—Two Army Stories", June 6, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Missouri—The Folks at Home", May 16, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Los Angeles—New Group in Town", April 18,1970

"U.S. Journal: N.Y./L.A./N.Y.—A Traveling Person on a Beautiful Place", April 4, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Provo, Utah—Categories", March 21, 1970

"U.S. Journal: San Juan, Puerto Rico—House of Studies", February 14, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Brained, Minnesota—Sno", January 24, 1970

"U.S. Journal: Kentucky—The Logical Thing, Costwise", December 27, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Pass Christian, Mississippi—Just the Normal Greed", November 29, 1969

"For Worse Is Better and Sickness Is in Health", November 22, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania—Buying and Selling Along Route 1", November 15, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Monroe, North Carolina—Historical Note", October 11, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Eureka Springs, Arkansas—The Sacred Projects", July 26, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Atlantic City—Leave the Rest to Me", June 14, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Denver—Doing the Right Thing Isn’t Always Easy", May 31, 1969

"U.S. Journal: New Orleans—A Question of Replication in Their Innovating", May 3, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Jeremiah, Kentucky—A Stranger with a Camera", April 12, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Gees Bend, Alabama—‘The Black Womens of Wilcox County Is About to Do Somethin’", March 22, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Sumter County, South Carolina—Turks", March 8, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Lake County, Illinois—Targets", February 15, 1969

"U.S. Journal: On the Circuit—World’s Strongest Man", February 1, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Oshkosh—A Hearing: ‘In the Matter of Disciplinary Action Involving Certain Students of Wisconsin State University—Oshkosh'", January 4, 1969

"U.S. Journal: Nassau County—The Kids Against the Grownups", November 16, 1968

"U.S. Journal: Honolulu—The Chiefs", October 26, 1968

"U.S. Journal: Phoenix—Practice, Practice, Practice", July 13, 1968

"U.S. Journal: Resurrection City—Metaphors", June 15, 1968

"U.S. Journal: San Antonio—Pollution at the Confluence", May 25, 1968

"U.S. Journal: Kansas City—I Got Nothing Against the Colored", May 11, 1968

"U.S. Journal: Iowa—The Last Peaceful Place", April 20, 1968

"U.S. Journal: Clovis—No Sir, I Can’t Go", March 30, 1968

"U.S. Journal: New Orleans", March 9, 1968

"U.S. Letter: Indiana", February 17, 1968

"U.S. Letter: Atlanta", January 27, 1968

"U.S. Letter: Connecticut", January 6, 1968

"U.S. Letter: Chicago", December 16, 1967

"U.S. Letter: Columbia", November 25, 1967

"U.S. Letter: McFarland", November 4, 1967

"U.S. Letter: Cleveland", October 14, 1967

"A Reporter At Large: The War in Kansas", April 22, 1967

"Barnett Frummer Learns to Distinguish Packaged Paprika from the Real Article", April 8, 1967

"A Reporter At Large: The Buffs", January 10, 1967

"Letter from Salisbury", November 12, 1966

"Onward and Upward with the Arts: You Can’t Wear Out a Lust", September 24, 1966

"Barnett Frummer Is an Unbloomed Flower", February 5, 1966

"Barnett Frummer Accepts with Pleasure", December 18, 1965

"A Reporter At Large: Color in the Mother Country", December 4, 1965

"A Reporter At Large: A Third State of Existence", September 18, 1965

"Roland Magruder, Freelance Writer", August 14, 1965

"A Reporter At Large: I Know I Want To Do Something", May 29, 1965

"Barnett Frummer and Rosalie Mondle Meet Superman: A Love Story", April 17, 1965

"Letter from Berkeley", March 13, 1965

"Letter from Jackson", August 29, 1964

"A Reporter At Large: The Zulus", June 20, 1964

"A Reporter At Large: Wake Up and Live", April 4, 1964

"For Spacious Skies and Ample Waves of Green", January 4, 1964

"A Reporter At Large: An Education in Georgia (II)", July 20, 1963

"A Reporter At Large: An Education in Georgia (III)", July 27, 1963

"A Reporter At Large: An Education in Georgia (I)", July 13, 1963

"John Murphy", January 18, 1988

"Letter From Long Island: The Color of blood", The New Yorker,



Interviews and Reviews

Q&A with Calvin Trillin Columbia Journalism Review, April 20, 2011

Mark Singer interviews Calvin Trillin about his new book, “About Alice,” a tribute to his wife and longtime muse, who died in 2001. The 92nd Street Y, January 14, 2007

New Yorker Interview, Trillin talks about Brian Slavenas, a thirty-year-old first lieutenant in the Illinois National Guar

“Political Poetry: Bush and Kerry, the Last Debate,” All Things Considered, NPR, October 14, 2004

“Political Poetry: Bush and Kerry, in the Town Hall,” All Things Considered, NPR, October 11, 2004

“Political Poems: Cheney-Edwards Debate,” All Things Considered, NPR, October 6, 2004

“Presidential Debate 2004: The Poem,” All Things Considered, NPR, October 1, 2004

“Lights Down on Carson’s The Tonight Show,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, September 30, 2004

Q&A: Home Cooking The New Yorker, (online), August 30, 2004

Minzesheimer, Bob, “‘Doggerel’ Politics is all Rhyme and Rhythm,” USA Today, April 15, 2004

“Calvin Trillin’s Convention Poem: DNC Highs and Lows,” All Things Considered, NPR, July 30, 2004

“Calvin Trillin’s Convention Poem: Clinton’s Return,” All Things Considered, NPR, July 27, 2004

“Democratic Convention—Calvin Trillin: Keeping the Convention Positive,” All Things Considered, NPR, July 26, 2004

“Vacations Off the Beaten Track,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, July 26, 2004

“Calvin Trillin’s Convention Poem: Advice For Kerry,” All Things Considered, NPR, July 29, 2004

Calvin Trillin’s Convention Poem: Teresa Heinz Kerry,” All Things Considered, NPR, July 28, 2004

“A Serious Eater: Calvin Trillin,” The Leonard Lopate Show, NPR, July 31, 2003

“Calvin Trillin,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, June 12, 2003

“‘Bud’ Trillin at the Blue Smoke,” Dish, NPR, January 18, 2003

“Did Bullies Torment Richard Perle?: Calvin Trillin’s Joke Springs to Life,” Slate, November 21, 2002

Q&A: American Chronicler The New Yorker, (online), April 15, 2002

“Parking Stories,” All Things Considered, NPR, March 1, 2002

Hansen, Suzy, “Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin,” Salon, January 24, 2002

“Food, Protest, Cowboy Boots,” Studio 360, WNYC, May 5, 2001

A Conversation: News Hour with Jim Lehrer, October 14, 1998

Bazer, Mark, “Trillin at Home: Confessions of a Family Man,” Providence Phoenix, August 13, 1998

“Michael Interviews Author Calvin Trillin,” Notmuch.com, July 18, 1998

“New Orleans at Mardi Gras,” Morning Edition, NPR, February 10, 1998

Miller, Laura, “The Food: Writer and humorist gets serious about fathers and sons,”, Salon.com, June 24, 1996

Three Interviews with Don Swaim Wired for Books, 1983-85



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