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By Calvin Trillin

“Brilliant . . . The dean of yankee comedian writers showcases his diverse abilities mocking the private and non-private lives of politicians, normal voters and himself.”—The Star-Ledger
Calvin Trillin has devoted blatant acts of funniness all around the place—in The New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway exhibits, in his “deadline poetry” for The Nation, in comedian novels, and in what USA Today referred to as “simply the funniest commonplace column in journalism.” Now Trillin selects the simplest of his humorous stuff and organizes it into themes like excessive finance (“My long term funding approach has been criticized as being totally too depending on Publishers Clearing condo sweepstakes”) and the literary lifestyles (“The standard shelf lifetime of a publication is someplace among milk and yogurt”). He addresses the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics rite and the secret of ways his mom controlled for thirty years to feed her relatives not anything yet leftovers (“We have a group of anthropologists in there now searching for the unique meal”). He even skewers deserving political figures in poetry. during this, the definitive selection of his humor, Calvin Trillin is prescient, insightful, and normally hilarious.
“A literary treasure . . . there's just one Calvin Trillin, and if he didn’t exist we'd need to invent him.”—The Washington Times
“Funny is to Trillin what consuming is to Uncle Jed in Annie Get Your Gun—it’s what he does ‘natur’lly.’ He’s additionally much more than humorous. Quite sufficient of Calvin Trillin is the twenty-eighth e-book he’s released over no longer some distance in need of a half-century, and their variety of matters is remarkable.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Trillin made his attractiveness over 4 many years because the writer of ‘U.S. magazine’ within the New Yorker [but he] is incapable of resisting the temptation of comedy. The jokes stored on welling up and Mr. Trillin made a parallel popularity as a author of humorous stuff.”—The Economist
“Wry, whip-smart, understated, and entertaining.”—The Miami Herald

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