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Articles by Andrew Solomon: All Articles


Nov 2019

In defense of Harold Bloom

He was the best teacher I ever knew: visionary, generous of spirit and willing to place his students’ strivings on the same level as his own insights.

Oct 2019

How Moving to France and Having Children Led a Black American to Rethink Race

He epitomizes a conundrum, viewing himself as part of multiple societies to which he has incomplete claims.

Sep 2019

The Dignity of Disabled Lives

The burden of being perceived as different persists. The solution to this problem is community.

Jul 2019

Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea

Jordan has all the colorful history, layered archeology, and warm hospitality of its neighboring countries, with none of the turmoil.

Jul 2019

Points of Entry: Writers on the Border

There is no greater cruelty than to deprive a parent of his or her child.

Jun 2019

The First New York Pride March Was an Act of ‘Desperate Courage’

It wasn’t always feathers, floats and celebrities.

Oct 2018

The $2,000 Kente Cloth

Pink, green, yellow, and white, it fairly glittered on the counter... I knew that it and I had a future together, though I didn't yet know what it was.

Aug 2018

If You Could Add One Book to the High School Curriculum, What Would It Be?

“Obedience to Authority” relates how easily adults abdicate responsibility, and illuminates the horror that ensues when we placidly do as we are told.

Jul 2018

My Stories Become Someone Else’s: Adapting a Book to Film

Books require that people recount their emotions; documentaries require that people bare the same emotions in front of a film crew.

Jul 2018

The Newsletter from Andrew Solomon: Far From the Tree Documentary Opens Nationwide July 20

The film of Far from the Tree is its own creation, capturing and extending the real message of the book. It’s intimate and humane and in some places funny.