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Got a complaint? Kurt Andersen will see you now

Got a complaint? Kurt Andersen will see you now

The line between fantasy and fact has always been blurry for Kurt Andersen. The BarbieWorld casino in Las Vegas, the TV show of obituaries called “Finales,” the helicopter journalism on the Chopper Channel, Adam Sandler’s remake of the art-house film “Koyaanisqatsi” and the talk show hosted by Al Roker and Monica Lewinsky may be vaguely familiar blips on your pop culture radar ­–– except they happen to be just-plausible-enough inventions of his irreverent 1999 debut novel, “Turn of the Century.” For his next book, Andersen will tack in an opposite direction in search of edifying absurdities: a nonfiction examination of how modern...

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