We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Fortunately I know nothing about Calvin Trillin other than that he is a very amusing humorist.
Since he works for the NYT it is reasonably safe to assume he's a foaming leftist but since I don't know that I'll pretend it might not be true. He's a funny man... or, at least, he knows how to construct humor. Almost Twain-like.
His story about visitors to NYC making excuses for why the Tic-Tac-Toe playing chicken so easily beat them is LOL funny.
Trillin used to be on the Tonight Show fairly often when Johnny Carson hosted. He had a very dry sort of delivery that was as much a part of the humor as the content. He always had Carson (and me) in stitches. If he ever mentioned politics, I don't remember it.