Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America Audiobook, by Calvin Trillin Play Audiobook Sample

Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America Audiobook

Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America Audiobook, by Calvin Trillin Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Calvin Trillin, Robert Fass Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780735289093

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08:57 minutes

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21 seconds

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06:14 minutes

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From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant, career-spanning collection of articles on race and racism, from the 1960s to the present In the early sixties, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Over the next five decades of reporting, he often returned to scenes of racial tension. Now, for the first time, the best of Trillin’s pieces on race in America have been collected in one volume. In the title essay of Jackson, 1964, we experience Trillin’s riveting coverage of the pathbreaking voter registration drive known as the Mississippi Summer Project—coverage that includes an unforgettable airplane conversation between Martin Luther King, Jr., and a young white man sitting across the aisle. (“I’d like to be loved by everyone,” King tells him, “but we can’t always wait for love.”) In the years that follow, Trillin rides along with the National Guard units assigned to patrol black neighborhoods in Wilmington, Delaware; reports on the case of a black homeowner accused of manslaughter in the death of a white teenager in an overwhelmingly white Long Island suburb; and chronicles the remarkable fortunes of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a black carnival krewe in New Orleans whose members parade on Mardi Gras in blackface. He takes on issues that are as relevant today as they were when he wrote about them. Excessive sentencing is examined in a 1970 piece about a black militant in Houston serving thirty years in prison for giving away one marijuana cigarette. The role of race in the use of deadly force by police is highlighted in a 1975 article about an African American shot by a white policeman in Seattle. Uniting all these pieces are Trillin’s unflinching eye and graceful prose. Jackson, 1964 is an indispensable account of a half-century of race and racism in America, through the lens of a master journalist and writer who was there to bear witness. Read by Robert Fass, with the introduction read by the author Praise for Jackson, 1964 “Trillin’s elegant storytelling and keen observations sometimes churned my wrath about the glacial pace of progress. That’s because to me and millions of African-Americans, the topics of race and poverty—and their adverse impact on the mind and spirit—are, as Trillin acknowledges, not theoretical; they’re personal.”—Dorothy Butler Gilliam, The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice) “These pieces . . . will continue to be read for the pleasure they deliver as well as for the pain they describe.”The New York Times “With the diligent clarity, humane wit, polished prose and attention to pertinent detail that exemplify Trillin’s journalism at its best . . . Jackson, 1964 drives home a sobering realization: Even with signs of progress, racism in America is news that stays news.”USA Today “These unsettling tales, elegantly written and wonderfully reported, are like black-and-white snapshots from the national photo album. They depict a society in flux but also stubbornly unmoved through the decades when it comes to many aspects of race relations. . . . The grace Trillin brings to his job makes his stories all the more poignant.”The Christian Science Monitor “An exceptional collection [from] master essayist Trillin.”Booklist (starred review)

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“These articles represent some of the most riveting, immediate, and pointed writing on a subject that continues to be a major issue in American social and political life. They are written in Trillin’s singular style, which is both readable and enduring…Robert Fass, who narrates as a reporter, sticking to the facts in a low, muted voice…varies his pitch and tone enough to keep the book interesting.”

— AudioFile 


  • “[Written] with the diligent clarity, humane wit, polished prose, and attention to pertinent detail that exemplify Trillin’s journalism at its best.”

    — USA Today
  • “Everything in Jackson, 1964 resonates…More than a history lesson…[It’s] a memorial of sorts…The biggest honor Mr. Trillin paid these men and women was to write about them so honestly and so well.”

    — New York Times
  • “This book provides historical context to the issues of race, racism, voter suppression and income inequality.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Modern and urgent. Essay after essay reminds us that the history of this struggle consists of events that easily could happen today.”

    — Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • “These unsettling tales, elegantly written and wonderfully reported, are like black-and-white snapshots from the national photo album.”

    — Christian Science Monitor
  • “Trillin’s fifty years of writing about race in the US is as historic as a lunch counter sit-in and as current as today’s tweets.”

    — Shelf Awareness
  • “Expos[es] through perceptive observations and nuanced humor the insidious nature of discriminatory practices.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of thirty books. His nonfiction includes Jackson, 1964; About Alice; and Remembering Denny. His humor writing includes books of political verse, comic novels, books on eating, and children’s poetry. In 2012, he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.

About Robert Fass

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned multiple Earphones Awards and been named in AudioFile magazine’s list of the year’s best narrations for six years.