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Not to be confused with Curt Anderson.

This article is about American author and radio host. For the German general, see Kurt Andersen (general).

Kurt Andersen (born August 22, 1954) is an American novelist who is also host of the Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360, a co-production between Public Radio International and WNYC.


Andersen was born in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] and graduated from Westside High School.[2] He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he edited the Harvard Lampoon.[3] In 1986 with E. Graydon Carter he co-founded Spy magazine, which they sold in 1991; it continued publishing until 1998. While writing for Spy, Andersen coined the notable insult "short-fingered vulgarian" for future United States President Donald Trump.[4] He has been a writer and columnist for New York ("The Imperial City"), The New Yorker ("The Culture Industry"), and Time ("Spectator"). He was also the architecture and design critic for Time for nine years.

In 1996, Bill Reilly fired Andersen after two and a half years from his position as editor-in-chief at New York, citing the publication's financial results.[5] Andersen attributed the firing to his refusal to kill a story about a rivalry between investment bankers Felix Rohatyn and Steven Rattner that had upset Henry Kravis, the principal of the publishing firm's ownership group.[6]

In 1999 he co-founded an online media news web site and biweekly magazine called Inside, which he and his co-founders sold to Primedia; Primedia closed the site in October 2001. From 2001 to 2004 he served as a senior creative consultant to Barry Diller's Universal Television, and from 2003 to 2005 as editorial director of Colors magazine. More recently, he co-founded the email cultural curation service Very Short List, was a guest op-ed columnist for The New York Times and editor-at-large for Random House.

Literary works[edit]

Andersen is the author of three novels, including Turn of the Century (Random House, 1999), which was a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book of the year, and the New York Times bestseller Heyday (Random House, 2007), which won the Langum Prize for the best American historical fiction of 2007. Random House published his third novel, True Believers, in the summer of 2012. His short fiction has been published in anthologies such as Stories: All-New Tales (HarperCollins, 2010).

Andersen has also published a book of humorous essays, The Real Thing (Doubleday, 1980; Holt, 1982; Bison Press, 2008), about "quintessentialism", and co-authored two humor books, Tools of Power (Viking, 1980), a parody of self-help books on becoming successful, and Loose Lips (Simon & Schuster, 1995), an anthology of edited transcripts of real-life conversations involving celebrated people. Along with Carter and George Kalogerakis he assembled a history and greatest-hits anthology of Spy called Spy: The Funny Years, published in 2006 by Miramax Books.

He also wrote Reset (Random House, 2009), an essay about the causes and aftermath of the Great Recession, and he has contributed to many other books, such as Spark: How Creativity Works (HarperCollins, 2011), and Fields of Vision: The Photographs of John Vachon (Library of Congress, 2010). In 2017 he wrote Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, which attempts to explain American society's peculiar susceptibility to illusions (Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6721-3). Excerpts from this have appeared in Slate[7][8] and The Atlantic.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Andersen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, the author Anne Kreamer, and their two daughters, Kate and Lucy. Andersen is a self-described "liberal atheist".[10]


External links[edit]

  1. ^"Omaha's Culture Club". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^http://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/Westside-High-School/141394. Retrieved Oct 25, 2015. 
  3. ^"bio - Kurt AndersenKurt Andersen". Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  4. ^Kelly, Jon (March 7, 2016). "How Donald Trump Became the Short-Fingered Vulgarian". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 4, 2017. .
  5. ^Weber, Bruce. "Bill Reilly, Magazine Publishing Executive, Dies at 70", The New York Times, October 20, 2008. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  6. ^Pogrebin, Robin. "When a Magazine Is Too Brash for the Bottom Line", The New York Times, September 29, 1996. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  7. ^Andersen, Kurt (5 Oct 2017). "America's Gun Fantasy". Slate. 
  8. ^Andersen, Kurt (2 Feb 2018). "How the GOP Went Crazy". Slate. 
  9. ^Andersen, Kurt. "How America Lost Its Mind". The Atlantic (September 2017). 
  10. ^"Interviews with Kurt Andersen and Rashida Jones". CBS This Morning  – via Highbeam (subscription required). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 

Joseph Addison was a distinguished 18th century English poet, author, playwright, politician and classical scholar. He is recognised as one of the finest periodical essayists, who along with his friend, Richard Steele founded the daily journal, ‘The Spectator’. ‘The Spectator’ became a popular and well-read publication of that time. He contributed over 274 essays for ‘The Spectator’ and also wrote essays for the publication, ‘The Tatler’. He wrote the legendary play, ‘Cato, a Tragedy’, which is believed to be the literary inspiration behind the American Revolution. He has also authored, ‘Account Of The Greatest English Poets’,‘The Campaign’, ‘Dialogue on Medals’ and the unsuccessful opera libretto ‘Rosamund’. He served as the Under-Secretary of State, Commissioner of Appeals in the government of the 1st Earl of Halifax, Member of Parliament, secretary to the new Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Wharton and as the Secretary of State for the Southern Department. He was known for his magnanimous character and cool personality. He also helped establish the English literary congregation, ‘Kit-Cat Club’, which had powerful political connections.

Joseph Addison

Childhood & Early Life

  • Joseph Addison was born in Milston, Wiltshire, to Reverend Lancelot Addison, who was made the Dean of Lichfield after his birth. Soon the family moved into the cathedral close.
  • He attended the Charterhouse School, a boarding school in Godalming, Surrey, where he met his future business partner, Richard Steele. He later attended The Queen's College, Oxford, and was proficient in Latin verse.
  • In 1693, he graduated from Magdalen College and that year he addressed a poem to John Dryden, an English poet and literary critic. The following year, he published ‘Account of the Greatest English Poets’ and also translated Virgil's ‘Georgics’.
  • In 1699, he received a pension of �300, after Dryden, Lord Somers and Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, became interested in his work. On pension, he travelled Europe with view to diplomatic employment.
  • In 1702, he lost his pension upon the death of William III as his influential contacts had lost their job. He returned to England the following year.