Dave Itzkoff

Dave Itzkoff is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He has previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, and other publications. He is the author of two previous books, Cocaine’s Son and Lads. He lives in New York City.



  • Dave Itzkoff interviewed on NPR's The Takeaway

    Dave Itzkoff discusses 'Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies' on NPR's The Takeaway.

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    Ted Koppel reviews Dave Itzkoff's 'Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies' on NPR's All Things Considered.

  • Dave Itzkoff interviewed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    Dave Itzkoff discusses 'Mad as Hell: 'The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies' on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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Q & A

Where are you from?
New York.  I don't like to leave Manhattan island if I can help it.

Who are your favorite writers?
Let me stipulate that I am in no way comparing myself to these people, but: Woody Allen, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Tom Wolfe, Philip K. Dick.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Late Shift by Bill Carter and The Devil’s Candy by Julie Salamon were the books that inspired me to pursue a career in journalism. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning by Jonathan Mahler was of particular literary and spiritual guidance as I wrote this book.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Going to the movies; watching serialized TV; attending the theater; playing video games; reading comic books.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Just keep writing.”—Don DeLillo

What is your favorite quote?
“You can’t ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write ‘Fuck you’ right under your nose.”—J. D. Salinger

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
“What was Bill Murray really like?” He was awesome.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Working in the salt mines of the men’s magazine industry for three years.

Where do you write?
In the office of my apartment, underneath a framed “For Your Consideration” advertisement promoting Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for Network.



Mad as Hell

Dave Itzkoff

The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the iconic movie Network, which transformed the way we think about television and the way television thinks about us“I’m...