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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

We all love Alice

posted by on January 10 at 13:36 PM

Calvin Trillin has released a short book based on his 2006 New Yorker essay, “Alice, Off the Page.” The essay was an ode to Trillin’s wife, Alice Stewart Trillin. Any reader of his could not help but fall in love with her. She was not just a static muse, but a moving assemblage in his life. The essay made me cry and cry. It didn’t really give me hope for my own love life. Their love was truly rare and special. Sorry for the treacle. Alice was a powerful writer in her own right. The New Yorker published her own essay on illness and doctors here.

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I read the original New Yorker essay too, and you're right, it's incredibly beautiful and moving.

Posted by Gabriel | January 10, 2007 1:48 PM

Thanks for pointing this out! I've actually never (gasp) heard of this before and now I'm looking forward to reading his book and essay.

Posted by Nay | January 10, 2007 1:54 PM

I can't wait. Trillin's a fantastic essayist, and Alice was his muse (position jointly held with his stomach), and much more besides.

Posted by Fnarf | January 10, 2007 2:31 PM

He did a reading here in New York night before last at a lil' bookstore in Chelsea, and it was absolutely wonderful.

Posted by Boomer | January 11, 2007 5:27 AM

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