Forum guest Kevin Young: Fake News

People collect odd things, from toothpick holders to coins, and snow globes to comic books. One American scholar even collects bull#&%^. Yes, that’s right. In a mind-boggling account of America’s long fascination with falsehoods, poet, essayist and historian Kevin Young distills his collection of tall-tales and untruths in a book titled “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News.” The prize-winning author has published ten books of poetry, and Young’s latest nonfiction book was longlisted for the National Book Award and named NPR’s Best Book of 2017. “Bunk” zeroes in on the rise of the hoax in American culture, and offers humor, wit and insight into how we have arrived at the current societal blurring of fact and fiction.

“This groundbreaking study of the spectacles and spectacular falsehoods” that could “scarcely be more timely or useful.” Chicago Tribune, November 2017

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