Kurt went to work for TIME Magazine in 1981 and wrote about politics, criminal justice, and culture. Around 1985, he became the magazine’s architecture and design critic – and although he left the magazine in 1986 to co-found Spy, he stayed in the architecture-and-design slot as a contributor through 1992. And in 1993 he returned to TIME for one year to write a column called “Spectator,” as well as some cover stories.

Not counting his third-grade Thanksgiving essay on God and oxygen and freedom that the Omaha World-Herald printed, his first published, paid article was for The New York Times’ Travel section, about a cross-country hitchhiking trip, at age 17. Since then he's written more for the Times—Op-Eds, reviews, and essays for the Sunday Book Review, pieces for the Magazine.

During the late 90s, he was a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he contributed a regular column called “The Culture Industry” as well as longer pieces.

From 2005 to 2008, he wrote a  column for New York called “The Imperial City,” and now he contributes to Vanity Fair.

In addition, Kurt has written for Architectural Record, The Atlantic Monthly, Metropolis, Rolling Stone and Slate, among other publications.


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