His latest novel True Believers, according to Jon Robin Baitz's review in Vanity Fair, "is beautifully drawn," "a great American novel." The Washington Post calls it "a big, swinging novel...full of witty insights" with "plenty to keep us entertained," and The San Francisco Chronicle considers it "fiendishly smart, insightful and joyously loopy." Booklist says it's "an ambitious and remarkable novel, wonderfully voiced" with "spellbinding suspense, and according to The Winnipeg Free Press its "genre grafting" is "an unmitigated success."
His previous novel, Heyday, a New York Times bestseller, won the 2008 Langum Prize for the year's best work of American historical fiction. His earlier novel, Turn of the Century, was a national bestseller that Times reviewers called "wickedly satirical," "outrageously funny" and "the most un-clichéd novel imaginable," and that The Wall Street Journal called a "smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age."
He is also the author of Reset, a book-length essay about the history and consequences of the 2008-09 financial crisis and recession, and of The Real Thing, a book of humorous essays. He has written and produced prime-time network television programs and pilots for NBC, ABC, and HBO, and co-authored Loose Lips, an off-Broadway theatrical revue that had long runs in New York and Los Angeles.
He is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, New York and Time.
Andersen began his career in journalism at NBC's Today program and at Time, where he was an award-winning writer on politics and criminal justice and for eight years the magazine's architecture and design critic. Returning to Time in 1993 as editor-at-large, he wrote a weekly column on culture. From 1996 through 1999 he was a staff writer and columnist ("The Culture Industry") for The New Yorker, and from 2004 through 2009 wrote a column ("The Imperial City") for New York.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and is a member of the boards of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Pratt Institute. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.
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Bre Pettis, founder of the innovative Brooklyn-based 3D printer company MakerBot and Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen host a festive show-and-tell with participants in our Holiday Ornament Challenge. Enter the challenge or come for music, drinks and good clean techie holiday fun!
Nominations for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards topped 4,300, now find out the 10 finalists. Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, is joined by contest judges Fatima Shama, NYC Immigrant Affairs commissioner, and Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, to announce the finalists and discuss the judging process and the prizes.
Guest host Kurt Andersen speaks with Andrew W.K., Ben Folds, and two high school rockers about Studio 360's "Battle of the High School Bands" listener challenge.
Soundcheck guest host Kurt Andersen talks with the former First Lady of France about her fourth album, Little French Songs, released earlier this year -- and she performs a bilingual live set in the studio.
In this episode: Soundcheck guest host Kurt Andersen (host of Studio 360) talks high school rockers, as part of Studio 360’s ongoing Battle of the High School Bands. One of the contest judges, musician Andrew W.K., reviews recordings submitted by high school bands -- both recent and not so recent. And, Kurt talks with members of two currently active high school bands, Fly Baby and The Sectionals — and we hear from singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds about his high school band.
Plus: We hear a live performance from Carla Bruni. The singer, model, and former first lady of France joins us to perform in our studio.
Spring is officially here, but for one of our sister programs at WNYC, the season started a little early this year. Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen recently embarked on a listener challenge called “Remixing Spring.” Before the show announces the winner this weekend, Andersen joins Soundcheck in the studio to name his short list of entries.
In this episode: More than forty years ago, the record producer Joe Boyd helped turn the songs of the late English musician Nick Drake into musical masterpieces. Now, he’s releasing a tribute album to the songwriter, Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
Plus: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of Cinderella is playing on Broadway for the first time. We’re joined by Cinderella and the Prince (Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, respectively) and music supervisor David Chase for a live performance that will air before midnight.
And: Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen recently embarked on a listener challenge called “Remixing Spring.” Before the show announces the contest winner this weekend, Kurt joins us to share a shortlist of entries.
Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, at the Metropolitan Museum, contains hundreds of strange and fascinating pictures, all of them altered in different ways. Wandering through the show, Kurt Andersen realized that each image could be plotted along two axes ...
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film and the franchise is being celebrated with a DVD box set, a documentary, a film festival at the Museum of Modern Art, and most importantly, a new movie, Skyfall. Naturally, no new Bond movie would be complete without a new James Bond song for the opening credits. And this time around its by the British superstar Adele. How does it hold up compared to past Bond songs?
My first experiences of Gore Vidal were not his writing, but as a pop cultural performer playing himself on television. When I was a little kid, he was a regular on late-night talk shows, chatting with Johnny Carson and then Dick Cavett about '60s politics and culture and ...
Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, discusses his new novel, True Believers. The story alternates between the present and the 1960s—and captures the enduring impact of the social upheaval of that time on the ways we live now. The narrator, Karen Hollander, is a successful attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of a 1968 episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years. She’s about to make that secret public—but first she has to track down the answers to some crucial last questions.
I have a new novel coming out next week, True Believers, that isn't easy to pigeonhole. So I'll defer to the novelist Scott Turow, who describes it as "one part bildungsroman, one part political thriller and one part contemplation on age." The part that's a bildungsroman is the story of my ...
Since Kit White and I met when I was a freshman in college, I've just realized that means we've been friends for two-thirds of our lives. He is pretty much the same person he was then: philosophically serious but funny and fun, learned, lucid, wise, and a painter ...
I started writing on a computer in the early 1980s when I worked at Time magazine. The several of us younger writers, including Walter Isaacson, who were eager to abandon typewriters had to go to use special non-PC consoles in a special little room. There were no PCs, no on-screen icons, ...
On the morning of September 11, I was in midtown Manhattan, so I walked south – downtown. There I encountered the wave of refugees walking north, people still wearing white breathing masks, people in suits covered head to toe in dust and soot. And finally, after an eight mile hike, I arrived home to my wife and kids Brooklyn, where our little backyard ...
Where does creativity come from? Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, joins its founding producer Julie Burstein to talk about her new book, culled from the archives of the series: Spark: How Creativity Works (Harper, 2011)
Leave your comment below! How do you find your creative spark? Is it more like going to work, or more like thinking and dreaming? And are you driven to create more by the beautiful, the terrible or the ordinary?