Selected writings from New York magazine and
The New York Times


January 28, 2013 

Why You Truly Never Leave High School

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 

All Joy and No Fun

Why parents hate parenting. 

February 8, 2010 

The Junior Meritocracy

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

Recession Culture

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 

Alone Together

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

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith.


July 17, 2006

Some Dark Thoughts on Happiness

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

My Life as a Thin Person

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 

Sorry, Your Time Is Not Up

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

In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

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

The Benjamin Button Election

Rage, powerlessness, magical thinking—why is how we think about politics increasingly mirroring the mind-set of a small child?  


April 12, 2010

Mr. Woebegone Goes to Washington 

When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place? 

August 10, 2009


June 11, 2007

The Politics of Personality Destruction

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. 


The Message Is the Message

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

Regarding Michelle Obama

The many meanings of a new American icon 


October 2, 2006

Dreaming of Obama

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 

Bill Clinton's Plan for World Domination

Clear your schedule for his third inauguration, here in New York in September. 


February 21, 2005

The Once and Future President Clinton

It’s not as crazy as it seems.

August 23, 1999 

La Dolce Alfonse!

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

Do I Contradict Myself

Review of Hitch-22, by Christopher Hitchens


April 8, 2010

Ancient Evenings

Review of A Ticket to the Circus, by Norris Church Mailer


April 16, 2009

The End of the Trench Coat Mafia

Review of Columbine by Dave Cullen

July 15, 2007

Good Hillary, Bad Hillary

Reviews of A Woman in Charge, by Carl Bernstein, and Her Way, by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.


July 16, 2006

I'll be There for You

Review of Friendship: An Exposé, by Joseph Epstein


November 20, 2005

Normal Life With More Pancakes

Review of The Woman at the Washington Zoo, by Marjorie Williams