Will Kaufman

Will Kaufman is a professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom. In addition to writing the first political biography of Woody Guthrie — “Woody Guthrie, American Radical” — Kaufman has written a number of books on American culture, including “Singing for Peace: Antiwar Songs in American History” (with Ronald D. Cohen), “American Culture in the 1970s,” “The Civil War in American Culture,” and “The Comedian as Confidence Man.” He is a two-time winner of the Woody Guthrie Research Fellowship from the Broadcast Music Industry Foundation, and he was consultant to Johnny Depp and Douglas Brinkley for the publication of their co-edited edition of Guthrie’s recently discovered novel, “House of Earth.”

Michelle Wolf, the White House Roast and the Thin Line of Comedy

May 06, 2018

Michelle Wolf, the comedian hired to do the “roast” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, has been criticized for going too far. Here’s why she didn’t. It wasn’t all the swearing in Michelle Wolf’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner “roast.” In the Donald Trump era, four-letter words have long since lost...

Woody Guthrie and Old Man Trump

February 07, 2016

America’s legendary musician Woody Guthrie came face to face with the Trump empire’s tradition of racial discrimination.  In December 1950, Woody Guthrie signed his name to the lease of a new apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Even now, over half a century later, that uninspiring document prompts a double-take. Below all...