Portrait of Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler for a staff writer at the New Yorker for over 20 years; his work there shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998).

Weschler’s 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) and Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences (February 2006).

Mr. Wilson 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 30 years of conversations with Robert Irwin. His latest addition to ‘Passions and Wonders’, the collection Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, came out from Counterpoint in October 2011.

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