Colson Whitehead

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American Icons: John Henry

Friday, February 01, 2013

In the ballad, told countless times over more than a century, the railroad worker John Henry wins a race against a new steam-powered drill, but the victory is Pyrrhic: he collapses, saying “Give me a cool drink of water before I die.” “Did he win? Did he lose?,” wonders novelist Colson Whitehead ...

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Colson Whitehead Goes Zombie

Friday, November 25, 2011

Colson Whitehead is one of America’s most respected novelists, the author of The Intuitionist and Sag Harbor and a MacArthur ‘genius.’ But his new book goes pretty lowbrow. Zone One is about zombies — and not some postmodern metaphorical zombies. It’s the real deal, with brains being eaten ...


Guest Picks: Colson Whitehead

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Writer Colson Whitehead was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his latest novel, Zero One, and he told us what he's been reading recently.


Colson Whitehead on Zone One

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Colson Whitehead talks about his new novel, Zone One, a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel about zombies. A pandemic has devastated the planet, leaving behind the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are rebuild­ing civilization, focusing on resettling Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain.

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The Greene Space

Studio 360 Live: Tim Minchin, Cintra Wilson & Colson Whitehead

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

7:00 PM

Join Kurt Andersen for a night of comedy, music and storytelling, featuring novelist Colson Whitehead, raconteur Cintra Wilson, and musical comedian Tim Minchin, an Australian phenomenon about to break out in America.

Colson Whitehead on 'Zone One' and Zombies

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Colson Whitehead has famously tackled topics like a young man's coming of age in "Sag Harbor," the social elevation of African Americans in "The Intuitionist," and America’s industrial age in "John Henry Days." In his new novel, the award-winning Whitehead goes just as large, maybe even larger, with a look at how an imaginary apocalypse might bring out the best and worst in humans and American culture. Also, Whitehead's apocalypse includes zombies. The title of the new book, which hits stores this week, is "Zone One."


Sag Harbor

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

In his autobiographical fourth novel Sag Harbor, Colson Whitehead explores the desperate adolescent quest for reinvention and the elusive nature of identity at an elite Manhattan prep school in 1985.

Events: Colson Whitehead will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, April 29, at 7:00 pm
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The Language of Race in the White House Race

Friday, April 25, 2008

Recent New York Times op-ed contributor Colson Whitehead talks about how public perceptions of race influence voter choice for the next president.

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What's in a Name?

Friday, April 28, 2006

The hero of Colson Whitehead's new novel Apex Hides the Hurt is an advertising executive with a natural gift for branding new products. Kurt Andersen asked Whitehead why he gave his character the strange gig of renaming a small town with a troubled history.


Colson, Born to Run, Zahedi

Friday, April 28, 2006

Kurt Andersen talks with novelist Colson Whitehead about the power of names and why he wanted the hero of his book to be an expert in product branding. We’ll hear from a filmmaker whose colossal self-absorption is actually fun to watch on screen. And Kurt talks with a listener who was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s "Born to Run" to quit his job – and join the Army.