Kathryn Schulz

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Kathryn Schulz
Schulz in 2010
Schulz in 2010
BornShaker Heights, Ohio

Kathryn Schulz is an American journalist and author, and the former book critic for New York magazine. She joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015.[1] Schulz won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her New Yorker article on a potential large earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.[2]


Schulz was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Schulz is the daughter of teacher Margot Schulz and lawyer Isaac Schulz.[3] Her sister is Laura Schulz. After graduating from Brown University in 1996, she moved to Portland, Oregon,[4] and lived there for a little less than four years.[5]

Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. She also wrote "The Wrong Stuff",[6] a blog on Slate magazine, and contributes to the Freakonomics blog at The New York Times.

Schulz began her career as a journalist writing for Feed Magazine, an early online magazine published from 1995 to 2001. During the period from 2001 to 2006, she edited Grist an environmental magazine on the web. Before that she worked as a reporter and editor for The Santiago Times in Chile covering environmental, labor, and human rights issues. Schulz was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan and the Middle East.[7]

Schulz became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 2015.


Reviewing her book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (2010), Dwight Garner wrote: "Ms. Schulz's book is a funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. She flies high in the intellectual skies, leaving beautiful sunlit contrails."[8] Daniel Gilbert described her as "a warm, witty and welcome presence who confides in her readers rather than lecturing them. It doesn't hurt that she combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing."[9]



  • Schulz, Kathryn (2010). Being wrong: adventures in the margin of error. Ecco/HarperCollins.

Essays and reporting[edit]

The Nation[edit]

Date Title
7 December 2004 Being Left: Reflections on Love and Politics
20 December 2005 Brave Neuro World

The Huffington Post[edit]

Date Title
20 November 2009 Are Iraqis Undead? Why the Refugees in Damascus Are More Like Edward Cullen Than You Think
18 March 2010 Check, Please: Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto
18 March 2010 Billie Jean in Baghdad
14 May 2010 Michael Lewis’s The Big Short : Betting (Right) on Armageddon
19 May 2010 Five Lessons on Rightness From Michael Lewis’s The Big Short
10 June 2010 DeathWish Airways: Alan Greenspan and the 30% Chance of Error
20 June 2010 Who’s on Crack Now? Correcting the Record on “Crack Baby” Hysteria

New York Magazine[edit]

Date Title
17 March 2011 Group Think
3 June 2011 Ode to a Four-Letter Word
1 July 2011 Trickster Makes the World
1 March 2012 Rebuilding a Home, and a Life: The Posthumous Memoir of Anthony Shadid
30 March 2012 Not-So-Fun Homes
2 April 2012 What Happened to the Coming-Out Memoir?
27 April 2012 Cuckoo
3 May 2012 Writing in the Dark
8 May 2012 Maurice Sendak: The King of All the Wild Things
3 June 2012 Schulz on the Terrors and Pleasures of Robert Frost
8 July 2012 Book Review: Schulz on Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?
16 July 2012 Encyclopedia Brown Was Our Gateway Detective
31 August 2012 Book Review: Schulz on Zadie Smith’s NW
16 September 2012 Michael Chabon May Just Be the Perfect Writer for the Obama Age
19 October 2012 Lost in Reincarnation
24 October 2012 Cloud Atlas Rumble: Movie Critic vs. Book Critic
11 November 2012 Schulz on Andrew Solomon’s New Book Far From the Tree
2 December 2012 Kathryn Schulz’s Top 10 Books of 2012
4 January 2013 The Self in Self-Help
10 February 2013 Kathryn Schulz on Amity Gaige’s Novel Schroder
3 March 2013 Schulz on Anne Carson’s Time-Traveling, Mind-Bending Red Doc
16 April 2013 On Running, Freedom, and the Boston Bombing
6 May 2013 Schulz: Why I Despise The Great Gatsby
16 May 2013 Book Review: The Riddle of the Labyrinth
26 May 2013 Schulz on Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
27 June 2013 Schulz on J.M. Ledgard’s Submergence: The Best Novel I’ve Read This Year
25 August 2013 What Our Critics Are Anticipating This Fall
15 September Kathryn Schulz on Doctor Sleep
10 October 2013 Schulz on Alice Munro’s Deserved Nobel
7 November 2013 That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind
10 November 2013 11 Lost Literary Classics You Can Download for Free
6 December 2013 The 10 Best Books of the Year
10 December 2013 Kathryn Schulz’s Top 10 Books of 2013
12 January 2014 What Is It About Middlemarch
16 January 2014 Schulz: The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature
9 February 2014 Book Review: Schulz on The Sixth Extinction
11 April 2014 The Meaning of Ping: Electric Signals and Our Search for Connection
18 April 2014 Schulz on Gabriel García Márquez: The Man Who Made Life Shimmer
19 May 2014 Kathryn Schulz on the Harmonious Contradictions of Geoff Dyer
3 June 2014 A Visit With the Missoula Motel-Keeper Who Sheltered a Hemingway
25 August 2014 David Mitchell on His New Book
17 October 2014 America’s Strange Love Affair With the Word Czar
29 October 2014 Your Complete Ebola-Quarantine Reading Guide
3 December 2014 The Walking Cure: Talking to Cheryl Strayed About What Made Wild Work
10 December 2014 The 10 Best Books of 2014

The New Yorker[edit]

Date Title
31 March 2014 Final Forms
2 February 2015 On “Wintry Mix”
2 March 2015 How to Train Your Raptor
6 April 2015 A Beginner’s Guide to Invisibility
7 April 2015 What Part of “No, Totally” Don’t You Understand?
11 May 2015 Bricklayer, Bird-Watcher, Literary Sensation
4 June 2015 The Rabbit-Hole Rabbit Hole
20 July 2015 The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest
28 July 2015 How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes
12 October 2015 The Moral Judgments of Henry David Thoreau
3 November 2015 What We Think About When We Run
15 November 2015 Talk About the Weather
20 November 2015 The Ten Best Weather Events in Fiction
17 December 2015 The Best Facts I Learned from Books in 2015
25 January 2016 How “Making a Murderer” Went Wrong
9 May 2016 A Sweeping Novel About Race in America
6 June 2016 The Old West’s Muslim Tamale King
15 August 2016 The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad
4 November 2016 The Really Small Ones
13 February 2017 When Things Go Missing
6 March 2017 What Calling Congress Achieves
10 April 2017 The Many Lives of Pauli Murray
17 April 2017 Literature’s Arctic Obsession
18 July 2017 Valley of the Russian Dolls: A Hollow, Repetitive Form Proves Perfect for Trump
16 October 2017 How to Be a Know-It-All
6 November 2017 Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them
29 January 2018 The Lost Giant of American Literature
12 March 2018 When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home
1 October 2018 Why Two Chefs in Small-Town Utah Are Battling President Trump
27 September 2018 The Kavanaugh Hearing, Chris Janson’s “Drunk Girl,” and Country Music’s #MeToo Misfire
19 December 2018 The Best Facts I Learned from Books in 2018
18 March 2019 My Father’s Stack of Books
1 July 2019 Oregon’s Tsunami Risk: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Other publications[edit]

Date Publication Title
22 August 2004 The New York Times Magazine Did Antidepressants Depress Japan?
12 January 2010 Foreign Policy Life in Hell
8 June 2010 Freakonomics, New York Times Blog Thanks for Admitting the Blindingly Obvious
13 June 2010 The Boston Globe The Bright Side of Wrong
28 July 2010 Freakonomics, New York Times Blog The United Mistakes of America

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
18 November 2003 "Kathryn Schulz reviews Monster of God by David Quammen". Grist. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 2015-08-04. Quammen, David (2003). Monster of God: the man-eating predator in the jungles of history and the mind. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 0393051404.


  1. ^ "Contributors: Kathryn Schulz", The New Yorker.
  2. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker". Columbia University. 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "ISAAC SCHULZ's Obituary". The Plain Dealer. 2016-09-20.
  4. ^ Center, Julianne (April 26, 2016). "In conversation: Kathryn Schulz '96". The Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  5. ^ MacManus, Roxanne (June 23, 2010). "Kathryn Schulz: A former Portland journalist explains why sometimes it's right to be wrong". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Wrong Stuff". slate.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  7. ^ "Why Should We Embrace Regret?". TED Radio Hour. NPR. May 2, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Dwight Garner, "To Err Is Human. And How! And Why", The New York Times, June 10, 2010.
  9. ^ Daniel Gilbert, "The Errors of Our Ways", The New York Times, Sunday Book Review, July 23, 2010

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