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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Literature & Free Expression


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.

May 2014

Books That Changed Me

I think I fell in love with language the day my father first read to me from the Rootabaga Stories.

Oct 2004

The Closing of the American Book

Reading is not an active expression like writing, but it is not a passive experience either. It requires effort, concentration, attention.

Sep 1998

Art in China: Censorship, Secrecy, and the Struggle to be Heard

In a society in which art is repressed, it gains in urgency what it loses in visibility.