Jon Reiner is the author of The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, a memoir based on an Esquire article that won the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature Writing, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York Times.


'Gatsby' obsessive Jon Reiner analyzes the liberties that Baz Luhrmann takes in adapting the novel—what he gets right and what he gets wrong.

Lion in Winter

A battle is raging over a controversial plan to renovate the iconic New York Public Library on 42nd Street, move two million books to New Jersey, and make the building more friendly to tourists and visitors—with a café to boot. Author Jon Reiner says this is the death of the library’s soul, but the problem is nationwide, as he discovered traveling across America to visit libraries where few people actually read books. Reiner’s memoir, out in paperback on June 5, is The Man Who Couldn’t Eat.