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Frank Rich

Writer-at-Large for New York Magazine.

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The Circus

12/18/14

Sony’s Apocalypse Is Now

The cancellation of The Interview sets a dangerous precedent for both the First Amendment and America's future under cyber warfare.

9/11/13

Obama Strikes Out on Syria

The president couldn't rouse Congress after a massacre in Newtown, so how could he for one abroad?

9/18/12

Romney's Bubble Bursts

Mitt reveals himself to be a callous man who doesn't know how Americans live.

6/6/12

Sugar Daddies Win Wisconsin

A big defeat for organized labor, a symbolic defeat for Democrats, and a victory for vulture capitalism.

5/9/12

He’s Evolved!

We have now seen an American president take a historic stand on gay civil rights.

3/14/12

Overestimating Mitt

Pollsters keep giving Romney the edge — but voters keep giving Santorum the wins.

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Recent Features

8/12/14

Good Hillary, Bad Hillary

What’s worse than being depicted as a bloodthirsty power-monger with a filthy mouth? Depicting yourself so blandly that no one cares.

6/4/14

Iraq Everlasting

We are still stuck in 2003, and it isn’t (only) George W. Bush’s fault.

5/20/14

Can Conservatives Be Funny?

As the late-night comedy landscape reshuffles, are right-wing comics being unfairly ignored? An investigation.

3/12/14

The Greatest Showbiz Book Ever Written

Act One is an infectious evocation of a vibrant world written, it turns out, by a chronic depressive who also found the business “pure hell.”.

1/26/14

Stop Beating a Dead Fox

The conservative news channel’s only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.

12/9/13

The Sondheim Puzzle

A lifetime making sense of the extraordinary songwriter—as young fan; critic and “enemy”; and, by now, old friend.

11/11/13

Liberal Echo Chamber

If only 12 Years a Slave (or Roots, or any other wrenching American slave narrative) could move audiences beyond those already eager for a dose of feel-good shame.

10/21/13

The Furies Never End

The shutdown crisis is nothing we haven’t seen before.A good portion of America has been trying to sabotage the government for almost our entire history.

9/30/13

It's Hard to Hate Rand Paul

The junior senator from Kentucky would be an appalling right-wing president, and yet he is a valuable politician: a man of conviction, and a visitation from a post-Obama political future.

8/12/13

The Stench of the Potomac

Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment.

7/8/13

When Privacy Jumped The Shark

Note to Edward Snowden and his worrywarts in the press: Spying is only spying when the subject doesn’t want to be watched.

6/3/13

Ancient Gay History

… is really just yesterday. My surrogate parent Clayton Coots was one of countless closeted men who didn’t live long enough to see this moment.

5/6/13

Whitewash

The party on the brink of destroying the Voting Rights Act reminds us that Republicans were really the great civil-rights leaders all along.

4/15/13

Inky Tears

Time is on the block. The New York Times is teetering. It can get an alumnus down, but the last thing the news business needs is a case of nostalgia.

3/11/13

Lipstick on an Elephant

Deep behind a tangle of denial and rebranding initiatives, a GOP resuscitation plan emerges.

12/17/12

Suckers for Superheroes

We should have known all along that David Petraeus was cheesy. And Lance Armstrong mendacious. And Joe Paterno a coward. And yet.

11/9/12

Fantasyland

Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.

10/22/12

The Tea Party Will Win in the End

This is a nation that loathes government and always has. Liberals should not be deluded: The Goldwater revolution will ultimately triumph, regardless of what happens in November.

9/24/12

My Embed in Red

A week steeped in right-wing media reveals a Republican Party far more despairing than the lamestream knows.

8/27/12

Nora's Secret

"Everything is copy," Nora Ephron learned from her mother. She kept one thing to herself, though—and left many of us wondering why.

7/30/12

Mayberry R.I.P.

Declinist panic. Hysterical nostalgia. America may not be over, but it is certainly in thrall to the idea.

6/25/12

Nuke 'Em

Why negative advertisements are powerful, essential, and sometimes (see "Daisy") even artistic.

5/21/12

Post-Racial Farce

Since America elected its first black president, the conversation on race has turned just as loopy as the hilarious and audacious Clybourne Park.

4/30/12

Sugar Daddies

The old, white, rich men who are buying this election.

4/2/12

Stag Party

The GOP's woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women.

3/5/12

Whitewashing Gay History

Liberals applaud themselves for championing gay marriage. But there are ghosts at the weddings.

12/26/11

The Molotov Party

For the new GOP, conservative isn’t nearly radical enough.

11/28/11

What Killed JFK

The hate that ended his presidency is eerily familiar.

10/31/11

The Class War Has Begun

And the very classlessness of our society makes the conflict more volatile, not less.

8/27/11

Day's End

The 9/11 decade is now over. The terrorists lost. But who won?

7/31/11

Murdoch Hacked Us Too

The News Corp. scandal already exposed just how thoroughly the company had corrupted Britain. Now it’s time to look on this side of the pond.

7/11/11

Obama's Original Sin

The President's failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.

Author's Bio

Frank Rich joined New York magazine in June 2011 as Writer-at-Large, writing monthly on politics and culture, and editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay. He is also a commentator on nymag.com, engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week.

Rich joined the magazine following a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he had been an op-ed columnist since 1994. He was previously the paper's chief drama critic, from 1980 to 1993. His weekly 1,500-word essay helped inaugurate the expanded opinion pages that the Times introduced in the Sunday "Week in Review" section in 2005. From 2003 to 2005, Rich had been the front-page columnist for the Sunday "Arts & Leisure" section as part of that section's redesign and expansion. He also served as senior adviser to the Times' culture editor on the paper's overall cultural-news report. From 1999 to 2003, he was also senior writer for The New York Times Magazine. The dual title was a first for the Times.

He has written about culture and politics for many national publications. His books include Ghost Light: A Memoir and, most recently, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina. Rich is also a creative consultant to HBO, where he is an executive producer of two projects, Veep, a comedy series written and directed by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a documentary on Stephen Sondheim.

A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Harvard, he lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist and journalist Alex Witchel.

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