New York Review of Books


We speak with Mark Danner, a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker who is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and Bard College. He joins us to discuss his latest article at the NYRB, "The Con He Rode in On: Why do people hardly even talk about all the car plants Trump has brought to Michigan?" At the rapturous rallies Mark Danner attended, Trump’s fans believed and applauded him when he lied to them declaring, “We brought you a lot of car plants, Michigan!. We brought you a LOT of car plants. You know that, right?” Given that example, we can only hold our breath as millions of his armed followers stew in righteous anger believing that the election was stolen from him. 

November 08, 2020
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October 21, 2020
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March 04, 2017
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December 22, 2016
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All American elections tend to be touted as historic, for all American culture tends toward the condition of hype. Flummoxing, then, to be confronted with a struggle for political power in which, for once, all is at stake. We have long since forfeited the words to confront it, rendering superlatives threadbare, impotent. No accident that among so many other things Donald J. Trump is the Candidate of Dead Words, spewing “fantastic” and “amazing” and “huge” in all directions, clogging the airtime broadcasters have lavished upon him with a deadening rhetoric reminiscent of the raving man hunched beside you on the bar stool. “This country is a disaster.” “We’re in big trouble, folks.” “Our leaders don’t know what they’re doing.” Or his favorite declarative closer to those 140-character Twitter dispatches that form the campaign’s anti-poetry, “Sad!” It is our loss that Mario Cuomo, who famously offered that “you campaign in poetry; you govern in prose,” is no longer here to enlighten us about in what, if we campaign in tweets and dead superlatives, we are destined to govern.
November 10, 2016
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Like Hercules, Donald Trump is a work of fiction
May 11, 2016
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Appearance at the American Library Association Convention, Moscone Center, San Francisco. 
June 28, 2015
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February 14, 2014

Mark Danner discusses "Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now," his provocative recent article in The New York Review of Books, with Ian Masters for "Background Briefing," KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. 
December 17, 2013
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The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage
September 05, 2013
ARTICLE   |   New York

April 07, 2013
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On February 5, 2013, The New York Review of Books celebrated its 50th anniversary. Mark Danner read from his past work for the Review at the celebration at Town Hall in New York City.
February 05, 2013

Mark Danner in conversation with Robert Silvers, North Gate Hall Library, UC Berkeley
April 28, 1999

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