These essays were written for The Nation in the late seventies and early eighties....
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Uncivil Liberties Reviews
Trillin strikes again, this time with a collection of columns from his stint at The Nation, the noted left-wing magazine. As always, his writing is sharp and elegant. Here he's writing about administrations from Reagan to Carter, and doing it with dry wit and verve. No one remains unscathed, and the swipes at Nancy Reagan are delicious. While he's known for his food writing, people forget his large body of political pieces. This will remind them.The only reason this gets four instead of five stars is its age. While it holds up rather well, many people won't get the references, since it depends on knowing who these characters (and they are that) are. Otherwise, it's definitely a five-star book.
A short book of funny essays written in the 70s and 80s. I hesitate to write too much about Calvin Trillin, for fear of making a grammatical or spelling error! The essays are great - a bit dated, but it was fun saying, "oh yeah, I remember that!" about the Carter & Reagan administrations. Of course, some things never change - in one essay, Trillin writes about a member of the Reagan admin who says he can't possibly get by on only $150,000 a year (in 1981) - which reminds me of the people currently whining about the possibility of higher taxes, who make over $250,000 a year! (Get over it, people.)
This is an early collection of Trillin's columns for the Nation Magazine, focusing on the Carter and early Reagan administrations. Trillin, unusually in a topical columnist, produces work that doesn't usually date; it remains funny even though the lead characters have faded from the political scene.
Rereading this one. Still as funny now as when it was written in the 70s/80s. Finished...now, on to Trillin's Tummy Trilogy....