Articles by Andrew Solomon: Miscellaneous

Jun 2015

What’s the Best Sense?

Intelligent Life asked seven writers for their answer to this question. Here’s Andrew Solomon’s.

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.

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 2007

In Praise of Women

It seems like a cheat to hook up with your own sex, and make friends only with your own sex, too. It is walking away from half the world.

Feb 2007

Bush on the Couch

One reads in Bush’s face and in his speeches an inability to conceive of other people as fully human.

Oct 2005

Prudent Fitness: A Panegyric

Dièry acted from the start as though I were dormant where I had thought I was dead.

Oct 2004

The Loneliness of a Liberal US Jew

It is an exercise in humiliation, being taken as representative of positions that I abhor.

Apr 2004


What is the purpose of men’s clothing of style, be that style extravagant or controlled?