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Articles by Andrew Solomon: All Articles


Jun 2018

Preventable Tragedies

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?

Oct 2017

Practical Advice About Bullying

For those who are being bullied, the key thing for them to remember is that bullying is not a show of strength but a show of weakness on the bully’s part.

Oct 2017

Essential Tips for Aspiring Writers

If you can give language to experiences previously starved for it, you can make the world a better place.

Aug 2017

It’s Never Too Early to Travel with Your Kids

To be a responsible world citizen, you need to understand how wide and beautiful the world is, and how many kinds of both pain and great joy it contains.

Aug 2017

Gay and Depressed

Not a day goes by that I don’t have unsolicited correspondence from someone who is depressed and needs help, or from someone who is gay and suffering for it.

Apr 2017

Families have evolved. Now language must too

We need new words for new kinds of relatedness, ones that don’t simply hark back to traditional roles