Bestselling writer Kurt Andersen—acclaimed for his analysis of historical and cultural trends— will give a talk on January 24 at 7 p.m., in Gasson 100. The topic of his address is that of his recent book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, which makes the case that today’s strange, “fake news” moment is the ultimate expression of our national character, a believe-whatever-you-want fantasy deeply embedded in our DNA. Andersen is also the author of True Believers, Heyday and Turn of the Century. He has written for New York and Time magazines, the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He is host and co-creator of the Peabody Award–winning public radio program Studio 360, broadcast on more than 200 stations and distributed by podcast to a weekly audience of nearly one million. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series
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Ah! If only liberalism, and the author’s extreme version of it, had not long ago lost any living relationship with reality! His excellent rant and lament over the results of the last presidential election misses the forest for the trees. He describes a human drama, not an exclusively American one, and his ironically individualistic, anti-theistic, reducing of reason to wysiwyg only makes the problem he describes worse.