Kurt Anderson

Kurt Anderson

Recent Stories

Arts, Culture & Media

The Antlers

In the age of the download single, The Antlers had an unlikely hit with their 2009 album Hospice. The storyline is about coming to terms with the death of a friend. But the music isn't what you'd expect – it's not morose and spare, it's big and lush.

Arts, Culture & Media

Sleep No More

Sleep No More may be the most unusual, fantastical take on Macbeth ever produced. The London-based theater company Punchdrunk has transformed 100,000 square feet of warehouse space into a kind of Macbeth theme park with no signage or maps or instructions.

Global Politics

Aha Moment: Gentleman's Agreement

Susan Evans grew up in Louisiana during the 1950s-60s. Her first year of high school was the first year of enforced integration. Years later she was able to confront her family's racism. She was inspired by Elia Kazan's film Gentleman's Agreement.

Arts, Culture & Media

Merrill Garbus Becomes tUnE-yArDs

Merrill Garbus is the performer behind tUnE-yArDs – a music project that blends African-inspired rhythms and vocals with electric bass and saxophone. She tells Kurt Andersen she found musical inspiration as a student living in Africa.

Conflict & Justice

Elizabeth Wurtzel

One classic reinvention fantasy goes like this: you leave a square, respectable job and write a best-selling book. Elizabeth Wurtzel did just that – but in reverse. Wurtzel explains to Kurt Andersen why intellectual property law is where's it's at.

Arts, Culture & Media

Rickie Lee Jones

When young Rickie Lee Jones first got famous in 1979, Time called her "The Duchess of Coolsville." Jones, who is touring this summer, is still unimpeachably cool. Kurt Andersen spoke with Jones when she released her latest record, Balm in Gilead.

Arts, Culture & Media

School of Pop

How do you get from singing in your shower to performing on TV to millions of people? You might try Berklee College of Music, one of the top conservatories in the country, which offers a singing class online. Reporter Sarah Lemanczyk was our guinea pig.