Renata Adler, Queen Of The Culture Wars

September 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM Legendary journalist and critic Renata Adler on American culture now. She’s not a happy camper.

(L-R) Renata Adler and Joan Didion in an archival photograph from May 17, 1978. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

Journalist and critic Renata Adler came out of the generation that came of age between World War II and the boomers. Not in the war. Not of the sixties. But always watching. And writing, in Renata Adler’s case, with a fierce frankness that has earned her deep admirers and wary targets. She covered Selma, the Vietnam War. Watched Watergate. Famously torched film critic Pauline Kael and publications where she had written – the New Yorker, the New York Times. She’s tough, clear-eyed, impolite if need be about where American culture’s gone and going. This hour, On Point, we talk with Renata Adler.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guest

Renata Adler, journalist, critic and novelist. Author of “After the Tall Timber,” “Canaries in the Mineshaft” and “Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker,” among others.

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