Articles by Andrew Solomon:

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

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

Nothing Facilitates Rebellion Better Than a Good Story

There is an arc of experience in which free expression informs the lives of those who enjoy it, in which literature is presumed capable of ameliorating evil.

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.

Jan 2015

Silence, Shouting & Slaughter

I wouldn’t write if I didn’t believe in the power of words for good, and if one accepts that capacity, one must also recognize their potential to inflict damage. ...

Nov 2014

Assisted Suicide, Myanmar’s Moment and LGBTQ Rights

Committing both to effecting social change and to being fully honest entails entering a state of permanent internal conflict.

Oct 2014

Welcome to The Newsletter from Andrew Solomon

I continue to wonder about freedom, about how anyone can achieve the wide embrace of human diversity that is implied in Emma Lazarus’s words.

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.