Calvin Trillin audio at The New Yorker

I’ve savored Calvin Trillin’s stories — of Xmas dinner in Chinatown, of the tic-tac-toe-playing chicken, of his late wife Alice — for years, but hadn’t seen him speak until January’s 92nd Street Y event celebrating the publication of About Alice.

Trillin and his interviewer, Mark Singer, are old friends, so the banter was perfectly timed, and not at all stagey.

I don’t know whether the audio will evoke the same sense of intimacy as the live event. If it does, listening will feel a little like eavesdropping as a couple buddies shoot the shit on the porch after a day out fishing.

Image of Trillin found here.


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