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Calvin Trillin is Questionstruck

William Walsh
The list author says: "Trillin has published entertaining novels (Tepper Isn't Going Out, Runestruck), light political verse (Obliviously On He Sails, Heckuva Question), family memoir (Messages From My Father, Family Man), food/travelogues (Tummy Trilogy, Travels with Alice), and investigative journalism (An Education in Georgia, Killings)."
Piece By Piece
Piece By Piece
"How can you use that word to someone who's handed over as much Grain Belt Beer to Fred as I have?"
Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater
Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater
"Who spread the word on putting a celery stalk in a Bloody Mary? Was it the word spreader who told everyone about serving Bloody Marys in goblets?"
Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco
Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco
"Daddy, how come in Kansas City the bagels taste like just round bread?"
Remembering Denny (FSG Classics)
Remembering Denny (FSG Classics)
"President of what? Whatever happened to that Hansen boy? Could it have been that long since Denny and I had seen each other? Do we ask too much of our most able young people?"
Family Man
Family Man
"But wasn't it scary to raise children in New York?"
Messages From My Father: A Memoir
Messages From My Father: A Memoir
"There seemed to be only two alternatives, and what little boy wants to take after people who are nervous?"
Tepper Isn't Going Out: A Novel
Tepper Isn't Going Out: A Novel
"Going out? Are you going out? He's not going out? What do you mean he's not going out? Hey, are you going out or not, man? Or is that where you live? Is that car, like, rent controlled? Are you looking for a spot?"
About Alice
About Alice
"But will he love me like Calvin loves Alice? You mean I peaked in December of 1963? Is that right?"
Travels with Alice
Travels with Alice
"We had talked about it a lot, but the conversation usually ended with a simple question: What would we eat?"
The Tummy Trilogy
The Tummy Trilogy
"Could there be a French-fries booth that includes both French fries from Arthur Bryant's Barbecue in Kansas City—cooked in pure lard, with some of the skin left on here and there—and the pommes frites served in a chic Santa Monica restaurant called Michael's?"
Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme
Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme
"Could someone with a background so exotic be really, truly, red-blooded patriotic?"
Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme
Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme
"When wrong he needn't be contrite: Don't might and arrogance make right?"
A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme
A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme
"Might you prefer to be briefed by someone less arrogant and condescending?"
Barnett Frummer is an unbloomed flower
Barnett Frummer is an unbloomed flower
"Think your arches are up to it?"
An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, and the Integration of the University of Georgia
An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, and the Integration of the University of Georgia
"Now I'll ask you if, as an official of the University of Georgia for the period you have stated and as President of the University of Georgia since 1950, do you know of any policy of the University of Georgia to exclude students on account of their race or color? Do you know of any policy to discriminate against Negro applicants?"
Third Helpings
Third Helpings
"Why, I should have asked myself, do dinner-table conversations at our house so often turn to the perils of gluttony?"
American Fried V172
American Fried V172
"Just what did you eat on a big day in Kansas City the week you gained seventeen pounds?"
Enough's Enough: And Other Rules of Life
Enough's Enough: And Other Rules of Life
"Are you one of those columnists who's always writing about how funny it was the time the basement got flooded during Christmas dinner?"
AMERICAN STORIES CL
AMERICAN STORIES CL
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Why do fools fall in love? Why do birds sing so gay? ROYALTY WINDFALL FOR SINGER'S WIDOW?"
Killings
Killings
"Why did you have to do that? Were they going to make a lot of money from the film? How many millions of viewers would see the pictures of poor Eastern Kentucky people? Had they refused to move?"
Uncivil liberties
Uncivil liberties
"Why did I involve myself in such an unpromising enterprise?"
With All Disrespect: More Uncivil Liberties
With All Disrespect: More Uncivil Liberties
"Do you think, maybe, that just because Nixon was a twerp of a President he'll have a twerp-sized presidential library?"
If You Can't Say Something Nice
If You Can't Say Something Nice
"Is this a bad connection, Aunt Rosie, or have you been trying out the pink Catawba wine again?"
Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse
Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse
"Remember when they were the guys who seemed shrewd?"