Calvin Trillin

Peter Kilander peterk at
Wed Dec 23 16:17:08 PST 1998

I don't know much about him either except that he's not that political and comes from Missouri. He written some books and writes regularly for Time magazine. I think he once was a regular journalist. He is REALLY funny when in public, though, whatever one feels about his poems; I saw him on cable when he was a guest at the National Press Club. On Johnny Carson's late night show he called Victor Navasky, the publisher and former editor of The Nation, the "wily and parimonious one." And Ken is right in saying Trillin coined the phrase "Sabbath gasbags."

>>"According to Calvin Trillin, Ken came here for the library."
>Hi Kids-
>This is the guy who writes those incredibly bad (even for jokes) poems for
>The Nation. I've often wondered if he used to be some hot shot, so they
>let him do these. Il've also wondered if he actually got paid for these. I
>think of him as the Andy Rooney of the left, though Rooney is sometimes
>acidentally amusing as well as irritateing.
>Ho, ho, ho,

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