Ayad Akhtar on Capitalism, Literature & the U.S. Decline

15 November, 2020

Jordan Elgrably

The Pulitzer-Prize win­ning play­wright of Dis­graced and oth­er plays includ­ing Junk: the Gold­en Age of Debt, and The Who and the What, Ayad Akhtar is the author of the new nov­el Home­land Ele­gies, a mas­ter­ful tour of the Unit­ed States pre- and post‑9/11, in which he asserts that Trump “is the ulti­mate symp­tom for what has hap­pened to all of us.” A crit­ic of cap­i­tal­ism, Akhtar talks about the need to under­stand the val­ue of debt. He also reveals how he lives his Mus­lim iden­ti­ty as a writer heav­i­ly influ­enced by Shake­speare and Philip Roth. In this extend­ed con­ver­sa­tion he speaks with TMR edi­tor Jor­dan Elgrably, who recent­ly reviewed Home­land Ele­gies in the Los Ange­les Review of Books.

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