The function of literature through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and thehigh authorityof theself in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.
1965 Beyond Culture, introduction.
A shelf life somewhere between butter and yoghurt.Calvin Marshall Trillin
Math was my worst subject because I could never persuade the teacher that my answers were meant ironically.Calvin Marshall Trillin
We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.Calvin Marshall Trillin
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.Calvin Marshall Trillin
It would seem that Americans have a kind of resistance to looking closelyat society.Calvin Marshall Trillin
The poet?may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.Calvin Marshall Trillin