Trillin on Texas
by Calvin Trillin
Trillin on Texas: Lone Star State gets pointed look by opinionated observer
Sunday, May 29, 2011
By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Calvin Trillin is a man of principle.
He can't stand, for instance, people who talk about themselves in the third person, which made things difficult back in the days of Dole and Dukakis.
He once declared that people caught trying to sell macrame should be "dyed a natural color."
And of writers, he once said: "There is no progress" - no corporate world to fall back on, no middle management. Writers are as good as the last thing they wrote, and sometimes not even that.
Atop that bedrock of curious dogma, Trillin, 75, has built an itinerant and confounding career.
He is viewed as a consummate New York writer, although he grew up in the sturdy Midwest. He was a big wheel in the Ivy League, although he relishes kicking the pedestals beneath those who were big wheels in the Ivy League. He became an early and influential guru of regional cuisine, although he professed to know next to nothing about the subject. Read More »