Professor of English Debra Spark offers an alternative way to view Calvin Trillin following the recent dust-up surrounding his poem about Chinese food in The New Yorker April 4. “Does Trillin’s poem mean he is a racist? No, of course not,” Spark writes in an April 8 Huffington Post essay. “Is he oblivious? Yes, indeedy, so why not simply point that out and in a potentially educational way?” she argues.