Having once been a Financial Advisor in my former life, to be able to sit down and interview one of my favorite authors and journalists, Thomas Frank, who’s book, the NY Times Bestseller (It was on the Bestseller list for an astonishing 18 weeks and gained Frank both national as well as International acclaim) “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” was one of the most thought provoking books I’ve read in my life, was just an incredible experience! I have always wondered what he was like in real life, especially because having had the opportunity to interview so many great authors and Literary stars, you find that their “Real Life” personalities don’t always match up with the color in their writing, but with Frank, he was exactly as interesting and colorful as I had hoped. Frank is a historian of culture and ideas and analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism and economics. With his writing, he explores the rhetoric and impact of the ‘Culture Wars‘ in American political life, and the relationship between politics and culture in the United States, and had an incredible column in The Wall Street Journal until 2010, and now is a columnist for Harper’s Magazine writing a monthly section called “Easy Chair” which I love as well. But more importantly, he has a new book out called “Pity The Billionaire”, which is an insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism”, and after finishing the book, I have to say that his work is as sharp, humorous, and insightful as ever giving with the sarcasm and metaphorical looks (He compares our Founding Fathers to heroes from an Ayn Rand novel at one point!) that only Thomas Frank can provide..
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of his favorite authors/journalists to talk about his new soon to be NY Times Bestseller “Pity The Billionaire”, the events in the economic collapse and Obama Presidency that led him to write the book, how he currently feels about what Obama has done and what the general political landscape looks like right now as he head into another Presidential election, why he left the WSJ and feels like Harper’s Magazine is a “Better Fit”, and sooo much more! I have to say that once Kade Nation watched this interview they will be able to see the “Literary Voice” and opinions of Thomas Frank shine through and why he is one of America’s great writers and political/cultural/economic observationists.