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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Literature & Free Expression


Nov 2019

In defense of Harold Bloom

He was the best teacher I ever knew: visionary, generous of spirit and willing to place his students’ strivings on the same level as his own insights.

Jul 2019

Points of Entry: Writers on the Border

There is no greater cruelty than to deprive a parent of his or her child.

Aug 2018

If You Could Add One Book to the High School Curriculum, What Would It Be?

“Obedience to Authority” relates how easily adults abdicate responsibility, and illuminates the horror that ensues when we placidly do as we are told.

Jul 2018

My Stories Become Someone Else’s: Adapting a Book to Film

Books require that people recount their emotions; documentaries require that people bare the same emotions in front of a film crew.

Dec 2017

I didn’t know then that I was gay, or that Elizabeth Bishop was

No other book has captured the need for displacement as Questions of Travel does.

Oct 2017

Essential Tips for Aspiring Writers

If you can give language to experiences previously starved for it, you can make the world a better place.

Feb 2017

Fear and Loathing in Trump’s America

The daily roller coaster of rights tenuously sustained or completely undermined is dizzying.

Jan 2017

The First Speech

Suggestions for the President-Elect to consider for inclusion in his inaugural address.

Jan 2017

The New Resistance: Inauguration Day

Freedom is a verb. It is something you live and achieve, that you must relive and achieve again every day.

Jan 2017

Resisting the New Order

Andrew Solomon speaks at PEN America WRITERS RESIST, held on the steps of the New York Public Library, January 15, 2017.