Kurt Andersen on True Believers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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.


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Comments [5]

Bob Andelman from St. Petersburg, FL

If you only have time to watch one video interview with Kurt Andersen this year, make it this one. Funny and more than a little revealing, the author of 'True Believers,' host of NPR's 'Studio 360' and co-founder of Spy magazine easily makes for one of the best Mr. Media shows of 2012. And get a load of what he says about Dave Eggers, Donald Trump and Anderson Cooper!

Jul. 18 2012 10:51 PM
Paulette Powell from nyc

I have a problem with people keeping secrets for a zillion years, especially regarding government. I agree with Michael B, and will add I'm tired of folks capitalizing on polarization of a America and how both sides seem to have pundits branding for book deals...Why I blog for free, it comes from my heart and my own life experience growing up female in Alabama. And True Believers is a term I would rather associate with Spider-Man.

Jul. 14 2012 02:36 PM
John A

Do I tend to align with commenters 1 and 2 in my regards here? Quite a bit, (but I still listen). In that Kurt might make like Jean-Luc Picard and find that precise momemt in time where America began to corrupt itself - This time - then I say bravo. Keep it up and I hope I get to see your book.
Datapoint, 1967: "Teenie-Bopper is the newborn King" (Sonny & Cher)

Jul. 11 2012 01:49 PM

Another "professional" champagne liberal malcontent/revolutionary writes a book. How bourgeois.

Jul. 11 2012 01:23 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I used to listen to Andersen's Studio 360, but got disillusioned and bored with it over time, finding it too elitist, too navel-gazing, and too culturally incestuous, & self-congratulatory.

In other words, way too geared to the hipster.

(Other than that, I loved it!)

Case in point, Andersen's recent promo pieces on WNYC for some live Brooklyn shows, as he "discovers" Brooklyn but only the hipster Brooklyn... where ya been Kurt? Brooklyn was a unique cultural cauldron -- but a WORKING CLASS one -- long before it became "cool."

Jul. 11 2012 01:13 PM

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