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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Literature & Free Expression


Dec 2016

Secret prisons: a vulnerability masquerading as a defense

A radical talk about our commitment to decency and human rights.

Aug 2016

My 10 Favorite Books

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May 2016

The Book That Made Me

Bishop's words are compressed, meaning squeezed into every phrase. Some poems are humorous; some are quietly agonising; all are deeply wise and subtly compassionate. They ...

May 2016

JK Rowling Was Right

Freedom of speech cannot be constrained to freedom to express one’s own point of view.

Apr 2016

Literature About Medicine May Be All That Can Save Us

A new generation of doctor writers is investigating the mysteries of the medical profession, exploring the vital intersection between science and art.

Nov 2015

Stop Racist Violence in Poland!

If Wroclaw wants to aspire to become a European Capital of Culture, and not a “KuKluxKland,” it must quickly come to terms with this disgrace.

May 2015

We Express Ourselves to Cure the World

The suppression of controversial ideas does not result in social justice, nor is it a constituent of freedom.

May 2015

Why We’re Honoring Charlie Hebdo

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

Apr 2015

Rejecting the Assassin’s Veto

Only a handful of people are willing to put themselves in peril to build a world in which we are all free to say what we believe.

Mar 2015

The Middle of Things

The deeper you look into other souls—and writing is primarily an exercise in doing just that—the clearer people’s inherent dignity becomes.