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Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander has published eight books, focusing on authors Sylvia Plath and J.D. Salinger and political figures Karl Rove, John Kerry, and John McCain. His biography of Salinger was adapted into the documentary Salinger which first appeared on American Masters on PBS. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, New York, the Nation, the Village Voice, the New York Observer, Out, the Advocate, the New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere.

He is the author of the plays Strangers in the Land of Canaan and Edge, a one-woman play about Sylvia Plath. A graduate of the University of Alabama and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is a member of the Authors Guild and PEN American Center.

He is at work on a book about Billie Holiday. He lives in New York City.


Articles by Paul Alexander

March 31, 2022 5:30 am

The Booming—and Not Entirely Trustworthy—Business of Prenatal Genetic Testing

Congress might soon pass legislation that would allow the FDA to rein in the industry’s excesses.
Paul Alexander
February 3, 2022 5:30 am

The Politics of the New Trust-Busting

A competition-protecting agenda could work for Joe Biden.
Paul Alexander
December 30, 2021 5:30 am

Is Eric Adams the Democrats’ Next National Star?

Spurned by prominent progressives during the campaign, the incoming mayor of New York City is a centrist who could have…
Paul Alexander
December 13, 2021 5:14 am

Time for a Break

Is the Biden Administration serious about breaking up monopolies in publishing, defense, and Big Tech?
Paul Alexander
May 25, 2021 5:30 am

Deadly Texas Freeze Cools Interest in Deregulating Energy

Other states were considering copying Texas’s laissez-faire attitude on electricity—but it hasn’t really saved money and now has cost lives.
Paul Alexander