Bunk:The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Fake news and alternative facts have a long and complex history in American culture. Poet Kevin Young (the new Poetry Editor for the New Yorker beginning next month) explores the deep roots of hoaxes in entertainment, literature, journalism, sports, and public life. Opening with P.T. Barnum's argument that people enjoy being fooled, Young examines the cons that have permeated daily life and draws on many examples throughout history to show how purveyors of fraud distort our understanding of the world. Bunk has been longlisted for the National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.