Selected writings from New York magazine and
The New York Times
January 28, 2013
New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects.
February 14, 2011
The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War
As it approaches its tenth year, our nation’s longest war is showing signs of waning. Meanwhile, our soldiers are falling apart.
July 12, 2010
Why parents hate parenting.
February 8, 2010
Should a child’s fate be sealed by an exam he takes at the age of 4? Why kindergarten-admission tests are worthless, at best.
May 18, 2009
No money changes everything, from murder rates to museum attendance, from career choices to what you eat for dinner. And not all of it for the worse.
December 1, 2008
Manhattan is the capital of people living by themselves. But are New Yorkers lonelier? Far from it, say a new breed of loneliness researchers, who argue that urban alienation is largely a myth.
December 4, 2006
In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith.
July 17, 2006
More and more psychologists and researchers believe they know what makes people happy. But the question is, does a New Yorker want to be happy?
May 16, 2005
People like Lisa Marie Sohr, who lose 100 pounds or more with stomach surgery, find that with their new bodies often come new friends, new spouses, new lives. But happiness is not a foregone conclusion:
August 20, 2001
To many New Yorkers, August poses a potent question: What would life be like without therapy? Analysts have no shortage of answers to this question -- and it could take you a year's worth of 50-minute hours to explore them all. The story of one woman's struggle with – as the shrinks say – termination.
October 14, 2013
On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, the firebrand justice discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy (“I don’t”).
November 8, 2010
Rage, powerlessness, magical thinking—why is how we think about politics increasingly mirroring the mind-set of a small child?
April 12, 2010
When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place?
August 10, 2009
June 11, 2007
Through mind-numbing repetition and bizarre campaign-trail torture, our candidates can seem reduced to pale copies of themselves. But here’s the scariest part: The process works.
Barack Obama’s ubiquitous appearances as professor-in-chief, preacher-in-chief, father-in-chief, may turn out to be the most salient feature of his presidency.
March 23, 2009
The many meanings of a new American icon
October 2, 2006
The junior senator from Illinois might take the country to a place it’s never been, past the baby boom, beyond race. To many Democrats, and even a lot of Republicans, the prospect is thrilling—but is it for real?
August 22, 2005
Clear your schedule for his third inauguration, here in New York in September.
February 21, 2005
It’s not as crazy as it seems.
August 23, 1999
Wait a minute! Al D'Amato lost the election, but now he's got more money, more babes, and more clout than ever? Life really is unfair.
June 17, 2010
Review of Hitch-22, by Christopher Hitchens
April 8, 2010
Review of A Ticket to the Circus, by Norris Church Mailer
April 16, 2009
Review of Columbine by Dave Cullen
July 15, 2007
Reviews of A Woman in Charge, by Carl Bernstein, and Her Way, by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.
July 16, 2006
Review of Friendship: An Exposé, by Joseph Epstein
November 20, 2005
Review of The Woman at the Washington Zoo, by Marjorie Williams