Radio Wolinsky

Ben Fountain: Beautiful Country, Burn Again

Ben Fountain, whose latest book, “Beautiful Country, Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion and Revolution” details the 2016 presidential campaign through essays, some of which were previously published in a different form in The Guardian, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Ben Fountain is primarily a fiction writer, the author of the best-selling novel, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and the story collection, “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara.”

In this interview, he discusses elements of the 2016 election, including how the Democrats have chosen to abandon the New Deal, Trump’s success as a demagogue, the failure of the press during the election, along with the arc of his career as a writer.

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