Judith Shulevitz

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Judith Shulevitz is an American journalist, editor and culture critic. She has been a columnist for Slate, The New York Times Book Review and The New Republic. She is currently a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times.


Raised in a Jewish family,[1][2] Shulevitz has worked as a writer and editor for The New Republic since 2012, and was a contributing editor of the magazine before that. She published her first book, The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (Random House) in 2010. The New Yorker called it "a swift, penetrating book intent on shattering the habits of mindless workaholism,"[3] and The Atlantic called it "gorgeously written."[4] Rebecca Goldstein, in The New York Times, wrote, "True to the tradition she loves, [Shulevitz] displays a reassuring double-mindedness toward almost everything except erudition." [5]

Shulevitz wrote the "Close Reader" column for The New York Times Book Review from 2001 through 2003. Before that, she was one of the founding editors of Slate, the culture editor, and a daily columnist for the magazine.[6] Shulevitz got her start in editing as co-editor of Lingua Franca with Margaret Talbot.[7] The magazine won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence under their editorship in 1993. Shulevitz later worked as deputy editor of New York Magazine, and wrote a column there as well.[7] She has also contributed to The New Yorker.


Shulevitz graduated from Yale University in 1986, having majored in French. She married Nicholas Lemann in 1999.[8] Lemann is a professor at, and was formerly the dean of, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[9] They have two children.


  • The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (Random House, March 2010)