About Jesse Kornbluth

Jesse Kornbluth is is a New York-based writer and editor of HeadButler.com, a cultural concierge site he launched in 2004. As a magazine journalist, he has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, New York and Architectural Digest. As an author, his books include Airborne: The Triumph and Struggle of Michael Jordan; Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken and Pre-Pop Warhol. As a screenwriter, he has written for Robert De Niro, Paul Newman and PBS. On the Web, he co-founded Bookreporter.com. From 1997 to 2002, he was Editorial Director of America Online.

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a story on interviews with Germans from the WWII era.

Kafka’s Other Trial: The Letters to Felice

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews Elias Canetti’s book on the life of a deeply divided man.

Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas

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As the Super Bowl approaches Jesse Kornbluth tells the story of Johnny Unitas, a football legend.

Rogue Male

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We fear the unaffiliated terrorist, the lone wolf who looks like us, lives in our neighborhoods and waits for an opportunity to kill us. It was simpler in the old days, and simplest of all in “Rogue Male,” the story of a man who decides to kill the biggest target in the world. Jesse Kornbluth reviews.

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

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In his book, Taylor Branch goes deep into what it was like to live in the age of the Dr. himself.

Setting the Table: Hospitality Is When the Other Person Is On Your Side

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews Danny Meyer’s new book and has one bit of advice for you: “Eat his words.”

Cards Against Humanity: A Party Game For Horrible People

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a rather raunchy (albeit hilarious) game (for adults only).

A Pop-Up Book by the King of Multi-Dimensions: M.C. Escher

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When the world becomes a little too real, Jesse Kornbluth suggests: “Let’s have some unreality. Some beauty. Some genius.”

Is The Handmaid’s Tale a Cautionary Tale for Our Times?

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews Margret Atwood’s famous book.

They Killed Her Son. So Michael Donald’s Mother Went After the Klan.

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On the eve of the grand jury announcement in Ferguson, Jesse Kornbluth remembers the killing of a black man years ago—and what it took to get justice served.

Man’s Search for Meaning

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a concentration camp memoir, and leaves with an important message from Viktor Frankl.

Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

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Wabi-sabi isn’t anything new — it dates all the way back to the 12th century. But with the help of Leonard Koren’s book, Jesse Kornbluth demonstrates its uses in the world today.

Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine: Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine’s Usual Suspects

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Looking to amp up your wine knowledge? Jesse Kornbluth has just the book for you.

He’s Probably My Favorite Author. His Bestselling Book? The Razor’s Edge

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews W. Somerset Maugham’s novel.

Fifth Business

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Enough reality for one week. Fiction beckons…

Ernest Hemingway: The Nick Adams Stories

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews an old-time classic by Ernest Hemingway.