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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Appeared in


Jan 2017

Diving Into Hell

>Merkin is capable of being at once melodramatic and finely nuanced; she has so many good phrases about depression that it’s hard to choose among them.

Oct 2016

Mental Illness Is Not A Horror Show

It’s the proximity of mental illness rather than its obscurity that makes it so scary. But it should be scary in a “fix the broken care system” way or in a “figure ...

Aug 2016

My 10 Favorite Books

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Jun 2016

‘My First Gay Bar’: 25 Coming-of-Age Stories

Jane Lynch, Alexander Wang, Rosie O'Donnell and others reflect on what gay bars mean to them, in the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando.

Feb 2016

The Good Death, When Breath Becomes Air and More

Life would feel short even if we could expect to live two centuries.

Oct 2015

The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’

Failing to intuit certain aspects of other people’s inner experience does not equate to disdain for human life.

May 2015

Unbearable: The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy With Depression

Pregnant women often fear taking the antidepressants they rely on. But not treating their mental illness can be just as dangerous.

May 2015

On the Move, by Oliver Sacks

With “On the Move,” Sacks has finally presented himself as he has presented others: as both fully vulnerable and an object of curiosity.

May 2015

Why We’re Honoring Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo’s staff members knew that producing satire aimed at venerated targets was dangerous.

Dec 2014

A Country Called Childhood, by Jay Griffiths

Her book is both... a quixotic slippage into wistfulness, and also an exegesis of freedom, a panegyric to heedless ways.