John Jeremiah Sullivan

21 articles
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Mister Lytle: An Essay

Memories of living with the writer Andrew Lytle late in his life.

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The Ill-Defined Plot

On the origin of the essay.

Excerpted from Best American Essays 2014.

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Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

A profile of the novelist, who is surprised to be alive.

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The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and vanished without a trace.

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Back in the Day

On Michael Jackson’s talent.

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That Chop on the Upbeat

Investigating ska’s moment of conception.

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Leaving Reality

Life after The Real World.

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Upon This Rock

A visit to the Christian rock Cross-Over Festival in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

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Where Is Cuba Going?

A nation’s uncertain future.

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Venus and Serena Against the World

The liberation of the Williams sisters.