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Articles by Andrew Solomon: All Articles


Dec 2016

Secret prisons: a vulnerability masquerading as a defense

A radical talk about our commitment to decency and human rights.

Dec 2016

Sri Lanka Is Ready for Its Close-Up

Just a few short years after the end of its brutal civil war, Sri Lanka--with its rambling temple ruins, leafy tea plantations, and wide golden beaches--is bursting with ...

Nov 2016

Best Books of 2016

Writers choose their best reads of 2016.

Nov 2016

A public hospital that truly served the public over the centuries

Doctors at Bellevue have since championed some of what came to be seen as best practices and some of what came to be seen as the worst.

Oct 2016

Mental Illness Is Not A Horror Show

It’s the proximity of mental illness rather than its obscurity that makes it so scary. But it should be scary in a “fix the broken care system” way or in a “figure ...

Oct 2016

Travel must be available for all to counter the closed-mindedness of Brexit

I believe that we should consider travel not a superfluity only for those with cash and leisure, but a part of every good citizen’s rights and responsibilities.

Oct 2016

Gay Rights Happened Slowly; Trans Rights, All at Once

As one trans activist said to me, “Trans is who you are; sexuality is whom you bounce it off of,” and people can accept who someone is more readily than what someone ...

Sep 2016

Against the Wall

How have walls come to be so popular in a time when globalism would seem to be knocking down walls?

Aug 2016

My 10 Favorite Books

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Jun 2016

A Perilous Nationalism at Brexit

It is an ostrich point of view not wholly unfamiliar in America: by refusing to look at the rest of the globe, one forestalls seeing oneself.