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Kurt Andersen

Biography

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is author of HEYDAY and TURN OF THE CENTURY, and frequently writes for New York and Vanity Fair. He is host and cocreator 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 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.

Kurt Andersen

Books by Kurt Andersen

by Kurt Andersen - History, Nonfiction, Politics

Over the course of five centuries --- from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy '60s, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials --- our love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies --- every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.

by Kurt Andersen - Fiction

Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 --- an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret --- as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions.