Walter Kirn

Last updated
Walter Kirn
Walter Kirn on The Virtual Memories Show.jpg
Kirn on March 1, 2015
Born (1962-08-03) August 3, 1962 (age 58)
Akron, Ohio, United States
NationalityAmerican
Alma mater Princeton University, Oxford University
OccupationNovelist, literary critic, essayist
Notable work
Up in the Air
Spouse(s)Penelope Locke (divorced)
Maggie McGuane (divorced)
Amanda Fortini
Children2

Walter Norris Kirn (born August 3, 1962) [1] is an American novelist, literary critic, and essayist. He is the author of eight books, most notably Up in the Air , which was made into a film of the same name starring George Clooney.

Contents

Overview

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 . The film adaptation of Up In The Air, which starred George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, was a commercial success and went on to receive critical acclaim as well as numerous nominations and awards. In 2005, he took over blogger Andrew Sullivan's publication for a few weeks while Sullivan was on vacation. He also wrote The Unbinding , an Internet-only novel that was published in Slate magazine. [2] His most recent work, Blood Will Out , is a personalized account of his relationship with the convicted murderer and imposter Clark Rockefeller.

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.

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. [3] He graduated with an A.B. in English from Princeton University in 1983 after completing a 22-page-long senior thesis titled "Entangling Breaths (Poems)." [4] Following that, he obtained a second undergraduate degree in English Literature at Oxford University, where he was a Keasbey Scholar. [5]

Personal life

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. [6] 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. [7] In 1995, Kirn married Maggie McGuane, daughter of actress Margot Kidder and novelist Thomas McGuane. Kirn was 32 at the time; McGuane was 19. [8] The couple had two children but have since divorced. [9] Kirn is now married to magazine writer Amanda Fortini. The two split their time between Livingston, Montana and Los Angeles, California.

Bibliography

Filmography

Related Research Articles

Nicholas Lemann American academic

Nicholas Berthelot Lemann is the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999.

James Salter American novelist and short-story writer

James Arnold Horowitz, better known as James Salter, his pen name and later-adopted legal name, was an American novelist and short-story writer. Originally a career officer and pilot in the United States Air Force, he resigned from the military in 1957 following the successful publication of his first novel, The Hunters.

John Murray (publishing house) English publishing firm (est. 1768)

John Murray is a British publisher, known for the authors it has published in its history, including Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Byron, Charles Lyell, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Herman Melville, Edward Whymper, Thomas Malthus, and Charles Darwin. Since 2004, it has been owned by conglomerate Lagardère under the Hachette UK brand. Business publisher Nicholas Brealey became an imprint of John Murray in 2015.

<i>Cosmopolis</i> (novel) novel by Don DeLillo

Cosmopolis is Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel. It was published by Scribner on April 14, 2003.

Douglas Jerome Preston is an American journalist and author. Although he is best known for his thrillers in collaboration with Lincoln Child, he has also written six solo novels, including the Wyman Ford series and a novel entitled Jennie, which was made into a movie by Disney. He has authored a half-dozen nonfiction books on science and exploration and writes occasionally for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and other magazines.

<i>Good Night, and Good Luck</i> 2005 film by George Clooney

Good Night, and Good Luck is a 2005 historical drama film directed by George Clooney, and starring David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., and Frank Langella. The film was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, and portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow (Strathairn) and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

James Crumley American writer

James Arthur Crumley was the author of violent hardboiled crime novels and several volumes of short stories and essays, as well as published and unpublished screenplays. He has been described as "one of modern crime writing's best practitioners", who was "a patron saint of the post-Vietnam private eye novel" and a cross between Raymond Chandler and Hunter S. Thompson. His book The Last Good Kiss has been described as "the most influential crime novel of the last 50 years."

Jason Reitman Canadian-American director; writer; actor

Jason R. Reitman is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and Young Adult (2011). He has received one Grammy Award, one Golden Globe, and four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He is the son of director Ivan Reitman.

Richard Price is an American novelist and screenwriter, known for the books The Wanderers (1974), Clockers (1992) and Lush Life (2008). Price's novels explore late-20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim. Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy. In addition to writing literature, he writes for television, including The Wire, The Night Of and The Deuce.

<i>A Fans Notes</i> book by Frederick Exley

A Fan's Notes is a 1968 novel by Frederick Exley. Subtitled "A Fictional Memoir" and categorized as fiction, the book is semi-autobiographical. In a brief "Note to the Reader" in the opening pages, Exley writes: "Though the events in this book bear similarity to those of that long malaise, my life...I have drawn freely from the imagination and adhered only loosely to the pattern of my past life. To this extent, and for this reason, I ask to be judged a writer of fantasy."

<i>Thumbsucker</i> (novel) book by Walter Kirn

Thumbsucker is a 1999 novel by Walter Kirn. It was adapted into a film of the same name by Mike Mills in 2005.

<i>Thumbsucker</i> (film) 2005 film by Mike Mills

Thumbsucker is a 2005 American independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Mills and starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kelli Garner, Benjamin Bratt, Vince Vaughn, and Keanu Reeves. The plot focuses on Justin Cobb, a teenager in suburban Oregon, as he copes with his thumb-sucking problem, romance, and his diagnosis with ADHD and subsequent experience using Ritalin. The screenplay was adapted from the 1999 Walter Kirn novel of the same name. Swinton also served as an executive producer.

Robert Daley, is an American writer of novels and non-fiction. He is the author of 31 books, six of which have been adapted for film, and a hundred or so magazine articles and stories.

Gerald Jay Goldberg is an American author. He is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, a novelist, critic, and author of a nonfiction study of the network news and a biography of Ted Turner.

<i>Up in the Air</i> (novel) 2001 novel by American author Walter Kirn

Up in the Air is a 2001 novel by American author Walter Kirn. It was adapted into the 2009 feature film of the same name starring George Clooney.

<i>Up in the Air</i> (2009 film) 2009 film by Jason Reitman

Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Walter Kirn. The story is centered on corporate "downsizer" Ryan Bingham and his travels. Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Danny McBride also star. Filming was primarily in St. Louis, Missouri, which substituted for a number of other cities. Several scenes were filmed in Detroit, Omaha, Las Vegas and Miami.

<i>Lost in the Meritocracy</i> book by Walter Kirn

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever is a 2009 memoir by Walter Kirn. It describes his own trip through the American education system from rural Minnesota to Princeton University.

Up in the Air may refer to:

Jonathan Ames is an American author who has written a number of novels and comic memoirs, and is the creator of two television series, Bored to Death (HBO) and Blunt Talk (STARZ). In the late '90s and early 2000s, he was a columnist for the New York Press for several years, and became known for self-deprecating tales of his sexual misadventures. He also has a long-time interest in boxing, appearing occasionally in the ring as "The Herring Wonder".

Attila Hazai Hungarian writer

Attila Hazai was a popular Hungarian writer. He is best known for his local version of American Psycho called Budapesti skizo (1997). At the time of his death, none of his works had been translated into English.

References

  1. "Walter Kirn". Mormon Literature Database. Brigham Young University. c. 2003. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  2. "The Unbinding: An exclusive Slate novel. By Walter Kim". Slate. Retrieved 2006-06-22.
  3. Coming This Fall: Walter Kirn
  4. Kirn, Walter Norris (1983). "Entangling Breaths (Poems)".Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. "Walter Kirn" . Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  6. Kirn, Walter (2005-01-05). "Lost in the Meritocracy". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  7. NPR: Writer Walter Kirn, on a 'Mission to America'
  8. Brozan, Nadine (1995-08-16). "Chronicle". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  9. - Walter Kirn Author, "Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever"]
  10. Kirn, Walter (1990). My Hard Bargain: Stories. New York: Knopf.