Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Has the great American experiment in liberty gone off the rails? Best-selling novelist, public radio host, and acclaimed cultural critic Kurt Andersen tackles that question in his latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, due out in September. Get a sneak preview of this provocative chronicle of magical thinking and make-believe that provides a new paradigm for understanding the post-factual present, in which reality and illusion are dangerously blurred.

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

For our annual signature event in the Benedict Music Tent, the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival hosts former secretary of... See more
The Veterans Health Administration, which serves nine million vets, has come under fire for long delays in providing... See more
Gun violence in the US is a public health epidemic. With partisan battles currently making state and federal... See more
How do we “read” a photograph? What is the relationship between art production, culture, and justice? And how can... See more
Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria — not to mention the floods, wildfires, and storms that put 2017 on the... See more
The evolution of the English language is more often thought of as a devolution, particularly with the infiltration of... See more

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