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About Alice by Calvin Trillin
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Oct 06, 11

Read on October 05, 2011 — I own a copy

‘“You have never again been as funny as you were that night,” Alice would say, twenty or thirty years later. “You mean I peaked in December of 1963?” “I’m afraid so.”’ Couples should read this lovely book out loud to each other. Calvin Trillin is a writer for The New Yorker and who writes the “Deadline Poet” column for The Nation. This is the first book of his I read, after hearing him on NPR. It is short, only 80 pages, an extended eulogy for his wife who died in 2011. Alice Stewart Trillin was a character in Calvin’s essays and books where she thought she was made out to be a “dietician in sensible shoes.” Alice was a writer, a college professor who, at parties—had an “instinctual attraction for avoided subjects”—and a long-term cancer survivor. I’m so enamored with Alice’s spirit, wit, and optimism I’m going to pick up Calvin Trillin’s other books just to spend more time with his wife. Check out her famous essay about cancer “Of Dragons and Garden Peas” and her book Dear Bruno.
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