Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead appears in the following:

American Icons: John Henry

Friday, February 01, 2013

In the ballad, told countless times over more than a century, the railroad worker John Henry wins a race against a new steam-powered drill, but the victory is Pyrrhic: he collapses, saying “Give me a cool drink of water before I die.” “Did he win? Did he lose?,” wonders novelist Colson Whitehead ...

Comments [2]

Colson Whitehead Goes Zombie

Friday, November 25, 2011

Colson Whitehead is one of America’s most respected novelists, the author of The Intuitionist and Sag Harbor and a MacArthur ‘genius.’ But his new book goes pretty lowbrow. Zone One is about zombies — and not some postmodern metaphorical zombies. It’s the real deal, with brains being eaten ...


What's in a Name?

Friday, April 28, 2006

The hero of Colson Whitehead's new novel Apex Hides the Hurt is an advertising executive with a natural gift for branding new products. Kurt Andersen asked Whitehead why he gave his character the strange gig of renaming a small town with a troubled history.


Colson, Born to Run, Zahedi

Friday, April 28, 2006

Kurt Andersen talks with novelist Colson Whitehead about the power of names and why he wanted the hero of his book to be an expert in product branding. We’ll hear from a filmmaker whose colossal self-absorption is actually fun to watch on screen. And Kurt talks with a listener who was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s "Born to Run" to quit his job – and join the Army.