1981 - present
Lawrence Weschler (born 1952) is an author of works of creative nonfiction.
A graduate of Cowell College of the University of California, Santa Cruz (1974), Weschler was for over twenty years (1981–2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Awards—for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992—and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998). Beginning in 1999, his "Convergences" essays appeared regularly in McSweeney's Quarterly; a collection of these essays, Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, was published in 2006 and received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.
In 2003, Weschler organized and edited a pilot issue of Omnivore, a prospective periodical described by Steven Heller as a "biannual (but hoping to be quarterly) magazine of writing and visual culture from The New York Institute of the Humanities at New York University." As of 2007, no subsequent issues of Omnivore have been published.
In February 2006, Weschler took on the position of artistic director for the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Weschler is the grandson of the composer Ernst Toch and the brother of the women's-health author Toni Weschler. His wife Joanna Weschler is a human-rights activist.
With his work Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Weschler was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
- Solidarity: Poland in the Season of Its Passion (1982)
- Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin (1982)
- The Passion of Poland: From Solidarity through the State of War (1984)
- A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers (1990)
- Shapinsky’s Karma, Boggs’s Bills, and Other True-life Tales (1990)
- Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (1995)
- A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces (1998)
- Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas (1998)
- Boggs: A Comedy of Values (1999)
- Vermeer in Bosnia (2004)
- Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences (2006)
- True To Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney (2008)
- Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin (Expanded Edition) (2008)
- Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative (2011)
- "The Talk of the Town: Notes and Comment" The New Yorker 60/49 (January 21, 1985): 21–22. Talk piece on disarmament.
- "The Talk of the Town: Notes and Comment" The New Yorker 60/52 (February 11, 1985): 27–28. Talk piece on Polish political situation.
- "The Paralyzed Cyclops: Mediating a Vivid, Decades-Long Argument between Two Giants of Contemporary Art" The Believer 6/9  (November/December 2008): 23–25. Robert Irwin & David Hockney.
- Heller, Steven (June 2004). "Wild Type: Zembla tops the pile of arty lit mags.". I.D. Magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-13.