Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is the author of Heyday and Turn of the Century and frequently writes for New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. He is the host and co-creator of the Peabody Award–winning public radio program Studio 360. In 2006, he founded Very Short List, an email service for connoisseurs of culture who would never call themselves “connoisseurs.” He was the cofounder of Spy magazine and has been a columnist and critic for the New Yorker and Time. Andersen lives with his wife and daughters in Brooklyn. Website: kurtandersen.com. Twitter: @KBAndersen.

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Reviews of Fantasyland:

  • “Fake news. Post-truth. Alternative facts. For Andersen, these are not momentary perversions but habits baked into our DNA” – In the New York Times
  • “There’s the continuing war on the elites. There’s a far right that has gained an unprecedented media clout. There’s the war on science” – In the Globe & Mail

Interviews:

  • “I mean, no book is fun — every book is horrible to write — but it was fun, as you say” – In the LA Review of Books
  • Video on MSNBC

Fantasyland

In this sweeping history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that our post-factual, “fake news” moment is not something new but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and fantasies — every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything or pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. If you want to understand Donald Trump and the culture of 21st century America, you must read this book.

All events with Kurt Andersen

7 PM
Wordfest Presents Kurt Andersen
Oct 09 @ 7 PM - 8:15 PM 
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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11:45 AM
Visitation: Kurt Andersen
Oct 10 @ 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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