The Rise of Our Nation's TV-Character-in-Chief: Critic James Poniewozik Offers "Audience of One"

Sep 12, 2019

Our guest on ST is James Poniewozik, the chief TV critic at The New York Times. He joins us to discuss his widely hailed new book, "Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America." As was noted of this incisive work of cultural criticism and American history in the pages of Bookforum: "The smartest, most original, most unexpectedly definitive account of the rise of Trump and Trumpism we've had so far. It's also the best book yet written about the bride-of-Frankenstein mating of American politics and American pop culture, a wedding practically nobody saw coming until Trump provided the shotgun.... [This is an] uncommonly rich and stimulating book." And further, from Gary Shteyngart in The New York Times Book Review: "Illuminating.... Poniewozik is a funny, acerbic, and observant writer.... [He] uses his ample comedic gifts in the service of describing a slow-boil tragedy. If humor is the rocket of his ICBM, the last three years of our lives are the destructive payload.... Poniewozik brings a new microscope with which to analyze the drug-resistant bacterium that is our president. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of 'Audience of One' is that it makes Trump's presidency seem almost inevitable."