Liesl Schillinger is a New York–based writer and literary critic, and the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The London Independent on Sunday, and other publications here and abroad.


From the men who lunch to the Boomer news junkie, Liesl Schillinger picks the year’s best books for the masculine element.

Pulitzer Winner

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning literary thriller, Goldfinch, is set in a clamorous present, but mellowed by the timbre of an antique voice. Liesl Schillinger raves.

Socialist Borscht

Liesl Schillinger is so inspired by Anya von Bremzen’s attempt to reclaim Soviet cooking that she’s going to try fish-in-aspic—again.

The Psychology of Greed

It’s not hard to understand why Anthony Chiasson, already a millionaire, would risk it all to rake in even more. Libraries are filled with such tales—just ask Tolstoy, writes Liesl Schillinger.

Sound and Fury

What will he do next, Liesl Schillinger thought, as she watched Alan Cumming play almost every role in his madly brilliant Macbeth.