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Calvin Trillin on the Modern Writers’ Life

Calvin Trillin is one of America’s most versatile authors—from poetry, to humor, to important investigative journalism, his work stirs envy in every type of writer. Trillin sat down with Big Think to mull over the recent decline in journalism’s profitability (and tolerance of alcohol), and to reminiscence about his own storied career.

Trillin told us his most memorable journalism moment was his ride on the Freedom Bus to Jackson, Mississippi. In his explanation of his writing process, he expresses a appreciation for the computer rare for his old-fashioned journalism peers—it’s not that he doesn’t still use his computer as a typewriter, it is because the computer has “democratized writing” and made even CEOs typing experts.


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