Walter Kirn

Born Aug 3, 1962

Walter Kirn is an American novelist, literary critic, and essayist. His latest book is the 2009 memoir Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever.

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  • Video: Extra: How Walter Kirn Met A "Rockefeller"
    CBS News - Oct 18, 2013
  • The 6th Floor Blog: Walter Kirn Writes About His Mother And The Bible
    NYTimes - Jan 03, 2013
  • “Smug, Snide, And Off The Mark”: An Ohioan Responds To Walter Kirn
    The New Republic - Nov 06, 2012
  • Counterparties: Things Fall Apart - Nov 05, 2012


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1962 Birth Born on August 3, 1962.


1995 32 Years Old In 1995, Kirn married Maggie McGuane, daughter of actress Margot Kidder and novelist Thomas McGuane. … Read More


2005 42 Years Old 1 More Event
As a writer, he has published a collection of short stories and several novels, including Thumbsucker, which was made into a 2005 film featuring Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn; Up in the Air, which was made into a 2009 film directed by Jason Reitman; and Mission to America.
2008 45 Years Old In addition to teaching nonfiction writing at the University of Montana, Kirn was the 2008–09 Vare Nonfiction Writer in Residence at the University of Chicago. … Read More
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