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.

A Great Book of Victorian Photography…By the Guitarist of Queen?

Jesse Kornbluth reviews A Village Lost and Found by Brian May.

2015: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday & Billie Holiday’s. Bet You Didn’t Know.

Jesse Kornbluth on celebrating two legends.

Agatha Raisin And The Quiche of Death: Because Sometimes A Guy Wants To Read the Unexpected

Who knew quiche could be so dangerous? Jesse Kornbluth reviews MC Beaton’s mystery novel.

Bill Gates Told Me About ‘Hyperbole And A Half.’ Thanks, Bill.

Jesse Kornbluth on Allie Brosh’s refreshingly open discussion on depression.

Denzel Washington Told Me the Truth, the White Out, ’45 Years’ and ‘Carol’

Looking at this year’s Oscar ballot, Jesse Kornbluth is reminded of the time he interviewed Denzel Washington.

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

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

He Loved Her. She Loved Him. But was there … Someone Else?

Jesse Kornbluth reviews Graham Greene: The End Of An Affair.

He Was The First To Know When to Hold ‘Em, When To Fold ‘Em

Jesse Kornbluth reviews the music of Don Schlitz.

The Gift of Gifts

Jesse Kornbluth recounts his own 21st century version of The Gift of the Magi.

The Snowman: Lessons of Beauty, Magic, and Loss

Eliot had it wrong: December is the cruelest month. We have been ordered to be happy, to share good times with loved ones, to buy that special gift for a special someone. Some of us will experience that. But all of us have the daily news, and at least low-grade anxiety, and the persistent feeling that things are not right, not nearly right.

How Do You Revise a Classic Like ‘A Christmas Carol’? Cut 15,000 Words, for Starters

Jesse Kornbluth and Paige Peterson decided to update “A Christmas Carol.” This is what they did.

He Won the Pulitzer Prize In Poetry. He’s A Grad Student In…Non Fiction?

Jesse Kornbluth reviews grad student Greg Pardlo’s “Digest”.

V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks — from Artichokes to Zucchini

When food becomes a spiritual experience…

Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

Jesse Kornbluth on the ideas of Shunryu Suzuki, the Zen monk responsible for bringing Zen to America, and how his ideas on Buddhism and Zen developed.

Josh Ritter: Sermon on the Rocks

He’s criss-crossing America, giving shows in 27 cities. Many will sell out. Don’t dawdle. Jesse Kornbluth on why you should check out Josh Ritter.

Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold

View image | gettyimages.com I don’t lose books. I lost this one. A few years ago, I bought “Chants of a Lifetime” in Los Angeles, got on the plane, read a few chapters, put it aside and walked off the plane without it. I realized right away I didn’t have it. But I didn’t go […]