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Articles by Andrew Solomon: All Articles


Jun 2016

‘My First Gay Bar’: 25 Coming-of-Age Stories

Jane Lynch, Alexander Wang, Rosie O'Donnell and others reflect on what gay bars mean to them, in the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando.

Jun 2016

LGBTQ Americans have won many victories. That can’t make us complacent.

The US is no longer quite as queer-phobic, but it remains a land where success has blinded many people, LGBTQ or otherwise, to the constant guerrilla warfare that we must ...

May 2016

The Book That Made Me

Bishop's words are compressed, meaning squeezed into every phrase. Some poems are humorous; some are quietly agonising; all are deeply wise and subtly compassionate. They ...

May 2016

JK Rowling Was Right

Freedom of speech cannot be constrained to freedom to express one’s own point of view.

May 2016

Travel as the Antidote to Xenophobia

The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.

May 2016

When we unlock the secrets of our genes, what do we do with that knowledge?

Review of "The Gene: An Intimate History," by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Apr 2016

Literature About Medicine May Be All That Can Save Us

A new generation of doctor writers is investigating the mysteries of the medical profession, exploring the vital intersection between science and art.

Apr 2016

How Traveling to 83 Countries Made Me Who I Am

Travel is an exercise partly in broadening yourself and partly in defining your own limits

Mar 2016

Getting Near to Far & Away

Travel is a set of corrective lenses that helps focus the earth’s blurred reality.

Feb 2016

The Good Death, When Breath Becomes Air and More

Life would feel short even if we could expect to live two centuries.