Articles by Andrew Solomon:

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.

Nov 2007

Invitation to the Dance

An internship at the Costume Institute under the oracular Diana Vreeland introduced the author to the art of extravagant gestures.

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.

May 2007

Introduction to My Father’s House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria, by Beatrix Ost

This book is a resounding affirmation that this good Germany existed even in the period when the evil Germany was ascendant.

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.