Walter Kirn
American novelist
Walter Kirn
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 - over 3 years
Writer Walter Kirn tells "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty the story of how he met the man he knew as "Clark Rockefeller." Watch "aka Rockefeller" Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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The 6th Floor Blog: Walter Kirn writes about his mother and the Bible
NYTimes - about 4 years
No one mines his own life in the service of understanding the American experience better than Walter Kirn.
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“Smug, Snide, and Off the Mark”: An Ohioan Responds to Walter Kirn
The New Republic - over 4 years
According to my new, less tolerant understanding of American democracy gained by reading, in this magazine’s words, Walter Kirn’s “definitive Ohio hit piece,” the future of our country depends on the whims of a Midwestern electorate worthy of coastal scorn because they find national politicking a bit off-putting and rent their golf clubs. Why was this ad hominem attack directed at Ohio voters? One view, espoused by readers, is that it was a poorly executed satire on the absurdity of the Electoral College that fell flat. Another group likened it to a less-researched, election-year version of Jonathan Chait’s memorable rant about Delaware and its toll booths. Still others took it at face value and a subset of those even found it amusing. Any of these explanations disturb me. I would argue that Kirn’s account of our “republic in a can” was smug, snide and whatever its intent, didn’t hit its mark. The mere fact that it was published smacks of the national media’s self-aggrandizing ...
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Counterparties: Things fall apart
Reuters.com - over 4 years
Welcome to the Counterparties email. The sign-up page is here, it’s just a matter of checking a box if you’re already registered on the Reuters website. Send suggestions, story tips and complaints to Counterparties.Reuters@gmail.com. Infrastructure: you never really appreciate it until it breaks down. As America did after Katrina and the 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse, we are once again suddenly paying attention to infrastructure. That happens when subways flood, power lines fall, and storm barriers are notable by their nonexistence. Since Superstorm Sandy, there’s been a minor clamor over America’s infrastructure, which received a “D” grade in 2009 from the American Society of Civil Engineers and similar marks from the World Economic Forum. Jonathan Cohn thinks that the lesson of Sandy is that “government matters”, particularly when it comes to disaster management and infrastructure. Jared Bernstein looks at the possible effects of Sandy on GDP and calls for “infrastructure to hel ...
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Arts & Letters Daily (17 Jul 2012)
Arts and Letters Daily - over 4 years
Walter Kirn left the Mormons long ago. But they would not forget him. And they were still there when he needed a place to land... more Pretty much every cultural assumption about women's breasts is wrong. But then, what men think about them doesn't really matter... more The Brothers Grimm, 18th-century terrorists, savored violence in their art. Toes are chopped off, severed fingers fly through the air. The fairy tales validate our own fears... more
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Death Race : The End of Empathy
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
By Walter Kirn, GQ Despite the fact it was spoken in annoyance, as part of an effort to quiet and embarrass a heckling AIDS activist at a campaign stop, Bill Clinton's most famous line, "I feel your pain," has been regarded for 20 years now as the perfect expression of what Americans -- average Americans, real Americans, the kind of Americans that media chatterbots pretend to intuitively understand simply by watching them on b-roll of political rallies -- supposedly long for from candidates for president: empathy and emotional support. This rarely challenged notion seems to have resulted from cross-contamination between Dr. Phil and Meet the Press: They, The People, are not primarily discriminating, conscious political beings who choose their leaders with their intellects but instinctive, reactive, wounded souls restlessly seeking compassion and connection. It's not really leaders they want at all, such voters, it's therapists, confidantes, neighbors, psychic friends. It' ...
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What's On Sunday
NYTimes - over 5 years
9 P.M. (MTV) 2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS The awards dare to go hostless at this annual ceremony, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Nominees for best new artist include Big Sean, Foster the People, Kreayshawn, Wiz Khalifa and Tyler, the Creator. Competing for best pop video are ''Rolling in the Deep,'' by Adele, above; ''Till the
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Joseph Heller in the Pages of <em>Inquiry</em> - Cato @ Liberty
Google News - over 5 years
Writes Walter Kirn in Slate: Then, that fall, Joseph Heller&#39;s Catch-22 appeared, abruptly downgrading war&#39;s special status as an existential crucible and also, unwittingly, beginning the process of rendering four-star male novelists irrelevant
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Thumbsucker - Bleib wie du bist! - ARD.de
Google News - over 5 years
Newcomer Lou Taylor Pucci erhielt für seine Darstellung des Antihelden Justin auf der Berlinale 2005 den Silbernen Bären. &quot;... skurrile Coming-of-Age-Geschichte nach einem Bestseller von Walter Kirn ... Gut gespielt, perfekt fotografiert mit Sinn für
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Mormon politicians must not be allowed to ignore questions about their religion - News Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
After declaring that “Mormons Conquer the World,” this editor employed Walter Kirn, raised a Mormon, to write the cover story titled “Mormons Rock!” Let&#39;s see what the message is from Newsweek: If Mitt had run authentically (as depicted by the cover),
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Is Walter Kirn right? Does our culture really suck? - Metro.us
Google News - over 5 years
Over at Walter Kirn&#39;s Permanent Morning, the author, a “writer for money”, has posted a 500-word entry ranting about how our culture sucks and that “we literally don&#39;t deserve to live” anymore. Interestingly, he has a point. Other than a blatant lack
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Summer Movies: 'Beginners' is a Quirky Tale of Love and Loss - SecondAct (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It&#39;s amazing to think that this is only his second film (his debut effort was the 2005 flick Thumbsucker, based on the Walter Kirn novel). I&#39;m hoping that he doesn&#39;t go back to designing CD covers and makes more movies, so we can see where his vision
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Anthology Review - Brooklyn Rail
Google News - over 5 years
Rivka Galchen, Walter Kirn, Phillip Lopate. Dozens of gorgeous, gorgeous, sometimes grotesque, stories. All of them models to study, to look up to, to learn from. Seven hundred and ninety-four pages of literature. Seven hundred and ninety-four pages of
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CULTURAL STUDIES; Talking (Exclamation) Points
NYTimes - over 5 years
IN an essay published in 1895 called ''How to Tell a Story,'' Mark Twain chastised writers who use ''whooping exclamation-points'' that reveal them laughing at their own humor, ''all of which is very depressing, and makes one want to renounce joking and lead a better life.'' One shudders to imagine what Twain would have made of e-mail. Writing is
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On The Money: At the Met, 'The Old Masters' Is Newly Relevant - New York Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Last summer, apropos of the ESPN program devoted to LeBron James&#39;s now-infamous “decision,” Walter Kirn wrote in The New York Times Magazine that “in the contemporary entertainment business (and also, increasingly, in sports and in politics),
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Will the Maniac Always Dominate the Media? - The Atlantic
Google News - over 5 years
Our current media environment favors the bizarre and the out of control, argues Walter Kirn in the July/August issue. &quot;If the old advice to electronic communicators was to speak in sound bites and keep things simple, to cut through the noise by being
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Arts District Launches Summer Block Party Friday - D Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Directed by filmmaker and graphic artist Mike Mills, and based on the novel by Walter Kirn, this coming-of-age film is a “compassionate and amusingly skewed story about embracing your weirdness.” Starring Lou Taylor Pucci in the title role,
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Reitman and Clooney prepare for takeoff - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
He described the new work as &quot;the most personal movie I&#39;ve made, and may be likely to make,&quot; Reitman&#39;s own connection to novelist Walter Kirn&#39;s source material includes his obsession with frequent flyer miles (Reitman says he&#39;s recently logged over
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Walter Kirn
    FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1983, he graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English. Following that, he obtained a second undergraduate degree in English Literature at Oxford University, where he was a Keasbey Scholar. Kirn was born in Akron, Ohio but grew up in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. After high school, he attended Macalester College for one year before transferring to Princeton University. Kirn's family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was twelve, but Kirn is no longer affiliated with the church.
  • 2005
    Age 42
    In 2005, he took over blogger Andrew Sullivan's publication for a few weeks while Sullivan was on vacation.
    More Details Hide Details He has also written The Unbinding, an Internet-only novel that was published in Slate magazine. He has also reviewed books for New York Magazine and has written for The New York Times Book Review and New York Times Sunday Magazine, and is a contributing editor of Time, where he has received popularity for his entertaining and sometimes humorous first-person essays among other articles of interest. He also served as an American cultural correspondent for the BBC.
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 32
    In 1995, Kirn married Maggie McGuane, daughter of actress Margot Kidder and novelist Thomas McGuane.
    More Details Hide Details Kirn was 32 at the time; McGuane was 19. The couple had two children, Maisie and Charlie, but have since divorced. Kirn is now married to magazine writer Amanda Fortini. The two split their time between Livingston, Montana and Los Angeles, California.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on August 3, 1962.
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