Kurt Andersen is the best-selling author of three critically acclaimed novels. His non-fiction books include, most recently, “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.” He is the co-author, with Alec Baldwin, of “You Can’t Spell America Without Me,” a fictional Trump memoir. Andersen is also the host and co-creator of "Studio 360," the Peabody award-winning public radio show. Previously, he co-founded Spy magazine, a monthly satirical publication that frequently featured Donald Trump.
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Kurt Andersen talks political satire under President Trump.
Kurt Andersen spent weeks studying Donald Trump’s “interviews and press conferences and depositions, as well as thousands of his tweets, to assemble a lexicon” to consult when writing his new book “You Can’t Spell America Without Me.”
“[Kurt] Andersen has been mocking ‘the short-fingered vulgarian’ since he co-founded Spy magazine back in the late 1980s.”
Kurt Andersen discusses Donald Trump and his new book “Fantasyland.”
“Fake news. Post-truth. Alternative facts. For [Kurt] Andersen, these are not momentary perversions but habits baked into our DNA, the ultimate expressions of attitudes ‘that have made America exceptional for its entire history.’”
“Trump’s reaction to what Spy wrote—or articles that Spy planned to publish—was to threaten the magazine with lawsuits. The editors lived under the constant threat of litigation.”
“Soon after its launch in 1986, the satirical magazine Spy picked Donald Trump as the brash embodiment of a crass age. Founded by Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, the magazine chronicled New York's obsessions with wealth and social status, zeroing in on Trump's questionable business dealings (of which there were many) and his outlandish personal traits (of which there were perhaps even more).”
On Donald Trump, Kurt Andersen argues, “His USFL collapsed after only three seasons, but he always finds a new meretricious realm in which to make a splash—if not football, then casinos, or a threat to run for president, or reality TV, or motivational speaking, or his own brand of vodka.”