"e;Brilliant . . . The dean of American comic writers showcases his varied talents mocking the public and private lives of politicians, average citizens and himself."e;--The Star-Ledger
Calvin Trillin has committed blatant acts of funniness all over the place--in The New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway shows, in his "e;deadline poetry"e; for The Nation, in comic novels, and in what USA Today called "e;simply the funniest regular column in journalism."e; Now Trillin selects the best of his funny stuff and organizes it into topics like high finance ("e;My long-term investment strategy has been criticized as being entirely too dependent on Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes"e;) and the literary life ("e;The average shelf life of a book is somewhere between milk and yogurt"e;). He addresses the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics ceremony and the mystery of how his mother managed for thirty years to feed her family nothing but leftovers ("e;We have a team of anthropologists in there now looking for the original meal"e;). He even skewers deserving political figures in poetry. In this, the definitive collection of his humor, Calvin Trillin is prescient, insightful, and invariably hilarious.
"e;A literary treasure . . . There is only one Calvin Trillin, and if he didn't exist we would have to invent him."e;--The Washington Times
"e;Funny is to Trillin what drinking is to Uncle Jed in Annie Get Your Gun--it's what he does 'natur'lly.' He's also a lot more than funny. Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin is the twenty-eighth book he's published over not far short of a half-century, and their range of subjects is remarkable."e;--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"e;Trillin made his reputation over four decades as the author of 'U.S. Journal' in the New Yorker [but he] is incapable of resisting the temptation of comedy. The jokes kept on welling up and Mr. Trillin made a parallel reputation as a writer of funny stuff."e;--The Economist
"e;Wry, whip-smart, understated, and entertaining."e;--The Miami Herald