Calvin Trillin, the Library’s 2007 Niehoff lecturer, is everywhere these days. In fact, you could say Trillinmania is gripping the country (but please don’t say that). For instance, he’s on the Charlie Rose show tonight (if you don’t feel like staying up until 1 a.m. tonight, you can watch it here in a day or so). His new book “About Alice” has been getting great reviews, including a glowing mentioned in John Leonard’s “New Books” column in Harper’s. He was even in the Cincinnati Enquirer this week. He’s everywhere, and rightly so. He’s great. Oh man, is he great.
The problem, of course, is that I think he’s so great I tend to get overly exuberant and maybe even a little cheesy when I try to talk about him. Sometimes painfully so. A good example is the hackey “Trillinmania” reference above. So 1964.
It could have been a lot worse, though. For this week’s Brain Teaser, identify which of the following angles would have been even more overly exuberant and cheesy then “Trillinmania” (check all that apply):
A. I’ve always said that you can’t spell “thrilling” without “Trillin”.
B. In 2007, the Mercantile is Shillin’ for Trillin.
C. What could be more fillin’ then a heapin’ helpin’ of the work of Calvin Trillin?
D. Reading Calvin Trillin makes me feel like a milli’n… dollars.
-Norm De Plume
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