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Articles by Andrew Solomon: All Articles


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.

Jul 2018

The immigration crisis is about the devaluation of love

The separation of immigrant families from their children is not merely a disgusting failure of sympathy by the American government, but also a surefire way to break thousands ...

Jun 2018

Preventable Tragedies

Get support. If you are thinking of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Mar 2018

Coming of Age as Performance Art: An Outsider in 1970s Japan

Ian Buruma’s memoir, “A Tokyo Romance,” recaptures his youthful experiences in the avant-garde film and theater world of the postwar city.

Dec 2017

I didn’t know then that I was gay, or that Elizabeth Bishop was

No other book has captured the need for displacement as Questions of Travel does.

Nov 2017

Perfectly Normal

How conflating ‘ideal’ and ‘average’ spawned flawed concepts of identity.

Oct 2017

Fatal Genes

To what extent is information about an unpreventable genetic disease that has not yet caused any symptoms a gift and to what extent is it a burden?