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Kurt Andersen: Literary Romantic

Kurt Andersen and his wife, Anne Kreamer joined <em>Ask Me Another</em> at Central Park's SummerStage
Steve McFarland
Kurt Andersen and his wife, Anne Kreamer joined Ask Me Another at Central Park's SummerStage

Kurt Andersen has written for film, television and stage, was Time's architecture and design critic, co-founded Spymagazine, curated a Smithsonian exhibit, wrote four books (his third novel, True Believers, was published in the summer of 2012), and now hosts PRI's Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning radio show on WNYC. In the words of Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg, "How about declaring a major already?"

"It works, being a dilettante, so I keep doing it," retorted Andersen, who is coming up on his 13th year as Studio 360 host. He joined Ask Me Another at Central Park's SummerStage as a Very Important Puzzler, revealing that among the hundreds of celebrity interviews he's conducted, the most memorable was with his hero, Susan Sontag. She sent him a handwritten thank you note afterward.

Given Andersen's credentials, it was no easy task to find a worthy opponent for his trivia match. But we managed to find someone right from the heart: his wife. Herself the author of two books, including It's Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace,Anne Kreamer joined her husband to play a game called "Married, Not Married." Given clues to a certain literary couple, this couple had to both identify the characters and tell us whether or not they were ever married.

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