Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler (born 1952) is an author of works of creative nonfiction.

A graduate of Cowell College of the University of California, Santa Cruz (1974), Weschler was for over twenty years (1981–2002) a staff writer at ''The New Yorker'', where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Awards—for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992—and was also a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award (1998).

His books of political reportage include ''The Passion of Poland'' (1984); ''A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers'' (1990); and ''Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas'' (1998).

His “Passions and Wonders” series currently comprises ''Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin'' (1982); ''David Hockney’s Cameraworks'' (1984); ''Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder'' (1995); ''A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces'' (1998); ''Boggs: A Comedy of Values'' (1999); ''Robert Irwin: Getty Garden'' (2002); ''Vermeer in Bosnia'' (2004); ''Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences'' (February 2006); and ''Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative'' (2011). ''Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder'' was shortlisted for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and ''Everything that Rises'' received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

Recent books include a considerably expanded edition of ''Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees'', comprising thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin; a companion volume, ''True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation with David Hockney''; ''Liza Lou'' (a monograph out of Rizzoli); ''Tara Donovan'', the catalog for the artist’s recent exhibition at Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art, and ''Deborah Butterfield'', the catalog for a survey of the artist’s work at the LA Louver Gallery.

Weschler has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and NYU, where he is now distinguished writer in residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

He recently graduated to director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he has been a fellow since 1991 and was director from 2001–2013, and from which base he had tried to start his own semiannual journal of writing and visual culture, ''Omnivore''. He is also the artistic director emeritus, still actively engaged, with the Chicago Humanities Festival, and curator for New York Live Ideas, an annual body-based humanities collaboration with Bill T. Jones and his NY Live Arts. He is a contributing editor to ''McSweeney’s'', ''The Threepenny Review'', and ''The Virginia Quarterly Review''; curator at large of the DVD quarterly ''Wholphin''; (recently retired) chair of the Sundance (formerly Soros) Documentary Film Fund; and director of the Ernst Toch Society, dedicated to the promulgation of the music of his grandfather, the noted Weimar émigré composer.

From 2013 to 2014, Weschler contributed “Pillow of Air,” a monthly column in ''The Believer'' dedicated to “Amble through the worlds of the visual.” In October 2021, in collaboration with editor and cartoonist David Stanford, Weschler launched the Substack newsletter WONDERCABINET, described as a "Fortnightly Compendium of the Miscellaneous Diverse", taking up many of the same themes as his earlier column. Provided by Wikipedia
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    Boggs, a comedy of values / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 1999
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    Robert Irwin Getty garden / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2002
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    True to Life : Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2010
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    The passion of Poland, from Solidarity through the state of war / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 1984
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    Everything that rises : a book of convergences / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2006
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    A miracle, a universe : settling accounts with torturers / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 1990
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    Robert Irwin Getty Garden / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2020
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    Domestic scenes : the art of Ramiro Gomez / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2016
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    Mr. Wilson's cabinet of wonder / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 1995
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    And how are you, Dr. Sacks? : a biographical memoir of Oliver Sacks / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2019
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    Domestic scenes : the art of Ramiro Gomez / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 2016
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    Calamities of exile : three nonfiction novellas / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 1998
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    Boggs, a comedy of values / by Weschler, Lawrence

    Published 1999
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    Cameraworks / by Hockney, David

    Published 1984
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    Covering the New Yorker : cutting-edge covers from a literary institution / by Mouly, Françoise

    Published 2000
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