Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for the New Yorker. He has also written for Rolling Stone and Southern Voices, a publication of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta. His history of Al Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf, 2006), spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was translated into 25 languages. The book was nominated for the National Book Award and won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Wright’s one-man play, My Trip to al-Qaeda, was made into a documentary film and aired on HBO. Wright’s seventh book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (Knopf 2013), is based on a profile he wrote of the writer-director Paul Haggis in the New Yorker that won the National Magazine Award in 2012.

Stories

I Want to Be Alone

When the wife goes back to work and the husband takes on chores and children, the real problem is not laundry or lunch boxes. It’s the battle between love and ambition.

Don’t Talk to Strangers

Of course parents do everything they can to protect their children. But at some point they must learn to let go.

No Babies Here

When the time comes for the last child in the family to relinquish her tattered baby blanket, she’s not the only one who’s a little shaky about it.

My Son, The Violinist

The failed ambitions of the father become the triumphs of the son, or so most fathers would hope.

Fishing with Dad

I took my son fishing because I wanted him to love the sport—and me.

Fathers and Other Strangers

Every son sees his father as his greatest competitor—until the day he becomes a father himself.

Why Do They Hate Us So Much?

A great man was dead and an outraged world desperately wanted someplace to lay blame. It chose Dallas and changed the city forever.

Why Do They Hate Us So Much?

A great man was dead and an outraged world desperately wanted someplace to lay blame. It chose Dallas and changed the city forever.

Texas, A Long, Long, Long, Long, Time Ago

When armadillos weighed three tons and the long horns were on dinosaurs.

Texas, A Long, Long, Long, Long, Time Ago

When armadillos weighed three tons and the long horns were on dinosaurs.

Three Feet Six, Blue Tights, Red Cape

Forget firemen and cowboys, Today’s kid wants to be a superhero.

Three Feet Six, Blue Tights, Red Cape

Forget firemen and cowboys, Today’s kid wants to be a superhero.

Easy Street

Houston’s black elite have come a very long way to live in MacGregor Way, the swankiest black neighborhood in Texas, but they still don’t feel safe.

Easy Street

Houston’s black elite have come a very long way to live in MacGregor Way, the swankiest black neighborhood in Texas, but they still don’t feel safe.

Space Cadet

Astronauts used to be dashing pilots. Now they’re doctors, scientists, and...sanitary engineers.

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