Christopher Buckley, American social and political satirist and novelist, graduated with honors from Yale University. He is known for his uniquely humorous perspective on current events and culture that amuses his readers. Shortly after college he became managing editor of Esquire Magazine and by the age of 29 he published his first best-seller, Steaming to Bamboola: The World of a Tramp Freighter, and became chief speechwriter to President George Bush. In 1989 Malcolm Forbes hired Buckley to create a new magazine, Forbes FYI. Buckley became editor in chief of the publication. Christopher Buckley has also written pieces for most national newspapers and magazines. Among other awards, in 2002 he received the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence and in 2004 he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Buckley has written a total of thirteen novels, included in this thirteen is his 2008 best-seller Supreme Courtship, which tells the story of a reality show TV judge nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Other popular titles of his include Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, and Little Green Men.
Chris Buckley joined ThinkTalk Host Zack Sherwood from Washington DC to talk about his career and his hilarious satire Supreme Courtship. Buckley discussed the challenges of crafting funny and poignant satire, keeping up with the changing political landscape and the roots of his interests in politics. This interview was filmed in the Fall of 2008.