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.

“The said to be blind meant not to see. How was I to believe them when I saw?”

Jacques-Lusseyran

And There Was Light: The autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, blind hero of the French Resistance.

Is The World Running Out Of Water?

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Running out of water: The looming crisis and solutions to conserve our most precious resource.

Here Comes the Night: Death in the 60s

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Jesse Kornbluth reflects on the inevitability (or not) of death with humor and grace.

Artis Henderson’s ‘Unremarried Widow’ [Review and Interview]

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“Everything will be ok.” When you are the widow of a serviceman who died in Iraq, those words are so not ok. Jesse Kornbluth talks to Artis Chester about her book and her life.

Krishna Das: Heart As Wide As The World

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Krishna Das will be leading a church filled with extremely delighted people Saturday night in New York, so this seems like a good time to showcase him.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013): ‘If You Have the Words, There’s Always a Chance That You’ll Find the Way.’

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A tribute to Seamus Heaney—whose words helped Jesse Kornbluth finish his novel and countless others learn to love and live.

On Goldman Pond

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Why pay less? A guy who can sell lobster salad for $125 a pound from a car on the beach can sell anything, right?

Bored? Walk the Appalachian Trail (or just read about it)

A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson

Jesse Kornbluth reviews A Walk in the Woods and realizes that Bill Bryson is a funny, funny man.

The Pursuit of Loneliness and The Death of Philip Slater

Philip Slater and the Pursuit of Lonliness

Slater’s classic book changed the way Jesse Kornbluth thought back in 1970, and guides him even now. Here’s why.

‘Gatsby,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Murphys: Amanda Vaill Connects the Dots

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Who was Gatsby? A neighbor of the Fitzgeralds reports on the lifestyles of the young and beautiful Golden Couple in the 1920s.

The True Believer

Boston bombers, Boston Marathon, Tsarnaev brothers, psychology of intolerance, fanaticism

How do two guys come to believe, with absolute certainty, that murder is a moral necessity?

His Marriage Was to the Wrong Woman: A Book Review

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The phrase for any novel by James Salter is “A major literary event”. It’s especially true for “All That Is.”

Without Limits

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On the eve of the Boston Marathon, Jesse Kornbluth remembers the great American runner, Steve Prefontaine, and the movie about his life and career.

Drink Like a Union Man

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Jesse Kornbluth learns to suck it up like the big boys.

Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

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How can practicing Buddhism save you from a burning wreck?

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence [Video]

Esther Perel TED talk

Book author and TED Talk speaker Esther Perel shares the secret to desire in a long-term relationship.