Monday, December 5, 2011

Alic + Alice (for Alice)

Today is the birthday of Calvin Trillin, who Wikipedia describes as an "American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist, and novelist." Trillin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1935. He attended Yale University and eventually landed jobs in New York City at Time magazine and The New Yorker, where be became a staff writer in 1963. Trillin pens a long-running politically inspired weekly poem for The Nation called "Deadline Poet." Although he has covered some "hard news" over the course of his career, he has a penchant for two topics in particular: food and his late wife, Alice. The book Alice, Let's Eat, published in 1973, pretty much sums up his worldview. Calvin Trillin married the writer and educator Alice Stewart in 1965 and together they had two daughters, whom they brought up in Greenwich Village, where Trillin still resides. Alice Trillin died on September 11, 2001 and her doting husband wrote about her one last time in The New Yorker, March 27, 2006, in an essay entitled "Alice, Off the Page." There were seven cases of Alic + Alice in OhioLINK today and 65 in WorldCat.

(American writer and humorist Calvin Trillin at a discussion at Dartmouth College, February 2, 2oll, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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