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Deborah Solomon

Autopsy of a Fraud: Update on Deborah Solomon's Disastrous Norman Rockwell Bio

Abigail Rockwell | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts
Abigail Rockwell

I just learned from Alexandra Hildebrandt Hoy, Fred Hildebrandt's daughter, that her father did not write a diary account of this Canadian camping trip with Norman Rockwell in 1934. By this account, the diary that Deborah Solomon refers to in her biography of my grandfather does not exist; it never did.

Why Deborah Solomon's Norman Rockwell Biography Is (Still) A Disaster

Abigail Rockwell | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Abigail Rockwell

Deborah Solomon's biography is one of the biggest non-fiction literary snow jobs in the last 50 years -- it makes the James Frey memoir debacle look like child's play.

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world.

An Art Critic Reviews George W. Bush's Paintings... And Isn't Impressed

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts

George W. Bush's painting exhibition opened this weekend at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Dubya's premiere exhibition rev...

Was Norman Rockwell a Hack?

Patrick Toner | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Patrick Toner

Critics have been pointing out some of the many problems with her book, and to some extent Solomon is trying to fend off these criticisms. But her defense is dishonest. For one thing, she is minimizing the scope of her claims.

On Deborah Solomon's Norman Rockwell

Patrick Toner | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Patrick Toner

American Mirror, Deborah Solomon's new biography of Norman Rockwell, has become controversial. But what is the controversy about? Simple. Solomon has presented a dishonest picture of Rockwell's life.

American Mirror: Deborah Soloman's Distorting Carnival Glass View of Norman Rockwell

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Sherman Yellen

It is fitting that the cover of this biography shows Rockwell's painting of the town gossips; a group enjoying the relaying of news of a scandalous nature, a painting for which Ms. Solomon might well have modeled.

Project Nim: The Dope on a Charismatic Chimp

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.30.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Nim Chimsky, the star of a new movie, died too soon. A charming troublemaker, this chimp was the subject of an experiment in understanding language and communication.

92nd Street Y's Steve Martin Event Ends In REFUND | FELICIA R. LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In the history of intellectual chatter, the events of Nov. 29, 2010, at the 92nd Street Y will be archived under disaster. Or comedy. That night, a...

Steve Martin At The 92 St. Y

The Huffington Post | Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Steve Martin learned Monday night that when a comedian talks about his book, nobody laughs. Or cares. On Nov. 29 Martin spoke with the New York Times...

Culture Wars Return to Washington and New York

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

As a Presidential Appointee in the 1980's to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Arts, it pains me enormously to see a replay of the Culture Wars that were played out so destructively in those years.

Que (Michael) Cera, Sera: A Virtual Re-Interview of a Canadian Zen Master by an American Journalist

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

The following is a mash-up of Deborah Solomon's NYTimes Magazine interview of actor Michael Cera -- in which the interviewee's responses are arbitrarily matched against actual and virtual questions.

Me, Too! I Want To Be A Senator From New York

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Tucker

Lots of New Yorkers are throwing their hats into the ring, but everyone's talking about Kennedy. Did you read her interview in the New York Times on Sunday?

NYT Mag's "10 Questions" To Carry Disclaimer

Editor & Publisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Recent criticism directed at The New York Times for how it handles the seamlessly edited one-page Sunday Q and A in its Sunday magazine, handled by De...

NYT's Public Editor Says "Questions For" Writer Isn't Following Protocol

New York Times | Clark Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When you read Deborah Solomon's "Questions For" in The New York Times Magazine, it's like crashing an exclusive book party at Tina Brown's East Side g...

New York Press Raps Deborah Solomon Over Creatively-Edited Q&As

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A NY Press reporter learned from two prominent subjects that the Solomon's Q-and-A methods were somewhat less than straightforward.