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Cultural Memory and Kurt Anderson’s “True Believers”

The upside of the power outage is that I have had more time to read (though it’s by flashlight, in my freezing cold house, underneath a sleeping bag, a quilt and two sweaters).  I’m several chapters into Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson’s new novel True Believers.  One of the most interesting parts about the book is that it’s set in the very near future of 2014.  Of course this is quite deliberate, as Anderson mentions early on in the narrative that the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination influenced the central protagonist’s, (Karen, a well-respected legal mind) decision to write her memoirs and reveal an act she committed in 1968 that’s shadowed her ever since.  More on the story, as well its the connection to the new James Bond film, Skyfall to come.

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