The New New Journalism
Robert S. Boynton
Ted Conover
Richard Ben Cramer
Leon Dash
William Finnegan
Jonathan Harr
Alex Kotlowitz
Jon Krakauer
Jane Kramer
William Langewiesche
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Michael Lewis
Susan Orlean
Richard Preston
Ron Rosenbaum
Eric Schlosser
Gay Talese
Calvin Trillin
Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Wright
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by Robert S. Boynton

           Robert S. Boynton teaches at New York University. He was graduated with honors in philosophy and religion from Haverford College, and received an MA in political science from Yale University. A selection of his work can be found at

Please contact me either via email (robert dot boynton at nyu dot edu) or by phone (212-998-7594).


Le temps du reportage, Sous-sol
A Camp Named Invitation Center, Kashiwashobo, 2018
The New New Journalism, Beijing Normal University Publishing House, 2018
The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project, January, 2016
El Nuevo Nuevo Periodismo, Publicacions i Edicions Universitat de Barcelona
The New New Journalism, Vintage Books, 2005


"Luke Menand talks about The Free World", The New York Institute for the Humanities podcast, April 16, 2021

"The View From Somewhere: A Review", RadioDoc Review, volume 6, issue 1 (2020)

"Conversation with Eliza Griswold", The New York Institute for the Humanities Podcast, December 19, 2019

"Conversation with Lawrence Weschler", The New York Institute for the Humanities Podcast, November 12, 2019

"Conversation with Jad Abumrad", New York Institute for the Humanities, January 29, 2019

"Conversation with Siva Vaidyanathan", New York Institute for the Humanities, January 22, 2019

"Conversation with Ian Buruma", New York Institute for the Humanities, October 9, 2018

"Conversation with Anthony Appiah", New York Institute for the Humanities, September 21, 2018

"Heart of Darkness", Esquire, April 2018

"Seventy Percent of Americans Don't Know Where North Korea Is", Gendai Business, September 15, 2017

"Corps Values: Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea", Bookforum, April/May 2017

"In ‘Under the Sun,’ a Documentary Masked and Unmasked", The New York Times, July 3, 2016

"MoMA Apologizes for Dropping a Film Critical of North Korea", The New York Times, June 10, 2016

"Kidnapped by North Korea's brainwash spy squad: Bundled into sacks, drugged and taken to 'invitation only' zones", The Daily Mail, January 9, 2016

"North Korea's Abduction Project", The New Yorker, December 21, 2015

"The Most Eccentric New Yorkers and the Writer Who Loved Them Joseph Mitchell and his subjects were “all freaks together.”", The Nation, August 3, 2015

"Notes toward a Supreme Nonfiction: Teaching Literary Reportage in the Twenty-first Century", Literary Journalism Studies, Fall 2013

"The Ten Percenter: A profile of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.", T: The New York Times Style Magazine, October 13, 2011

"The New New Journalism, circa 2011 (in Spanish)", Byliner, September 11, 2011

"The New New Journalism, circa 2011", Byliner, September 11, 2011

"North Korea's Digital Underground", The Atlantic, April 2011

"A Blessing and a Burden: Gerald Boyd's My Times in Black and White", The New York Times Book Review, February 21, 2010

"Demographics and Destiny : A Review of Gwen Ifil's The Breakthrough", The New York Times Book Review, January 16, 2009

"Checkbook Journalism Revisited", Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2008

"Obama and the Blues: An interview with Cornel West", Rolling Stone, March 20, 2008

"Interview with Sam Harris", Rolling Stone, November 15, 2007

"People's Power vs. Nuclear Power: A Conversation with Jonathan Schell", Daedalus, Winter 2007

" The Plot Against Equality: A review of The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality, by Walter Benn Michaels", The Nation, December 2, 2006

"Boommer Bust: Eric Lott Critiques the Passing of Identity Politics", Bookforum, Summer 2006

"Gay Talese: A Work in Progress", The Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 2006

"Review of Marc Weingarten's", The Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2005

"Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs", Slate, November 16, 2005

"Francis Fukuyama: The Neocon Who Isn't", The American Prospect, October 2005

"The Roots of the New New Journalism", The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2005

"Righting Copyright: Fair Use and Digital Environmentalism", Bookforum, February/March, 2005

"A Review of Mark Bowden’s “Road Work”", The New York Times Book Review, November 7, 2004

"F for Effort: Brown v. Board of Education, a Failure at Fifty?", Bookforum, October/November 2004

"How to Make a Guerrilla Documentary", The New York Times Magazine, July 11, 2004

"The Tyranny of Copyright?", The New York Times Magazine, January 25, 2004

"“The Everything Expert,” A review of Amitai Etzioni’s My Brother’s Keeper", The Nation, July 14, 2003

"Dialogue between Kwame Anthony Appiah & Robert S. Boynton: On philosophy, race, sex & etc.", Daedalus, Summer 2003

"A Review of “By The Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions, by Richard Cohen", The New York Times Book Review, March 2, 2003

"A Review of Deirdre Bair’s “Jung: A Biography", The New York Times Book Review, January 11, 2003

"The Return of the Repressed: Psychoanalysis’s Fallen Angel", Boston Review, January 2003

"The Interpretation of Khan", The Boston Globe, December 15, 2002

"A Review of “Teacher,” by Mark Edmundson", LA Times Book Review, August 4, 2002

"“But Is it True?” A review of “People's Witness: The Journalist in Modern Politics,” By Fred Inglis, and “The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker From the Crimea to Kosovo", LA Times Book Review, June 23, 2002

"Black Studies Today", The New York Times Education Life, April 14, 2002

"Sounding Off,” a review of Richard Posner’s “Public Intellectuals”", The Washington Post Book World, January 20, 2002

"Between Generations: A Conversation with Morris Dickstein", Minnesota Review, #55-56 (2002)

"Memories in Transit, On the Nostalgia Train", New York Times, June 29, 2001

"“The Fire Last Time,” a review of Carol Polsgrove’s “Divided Minds”", The New York Times Book Review, June 24, 2001

"Is Honor Up for Grabs?", The Washington Post, May 27, 2001

"Review of Marjorie Garber's "Academic Instincts"", The Nation, May 21, 2001

"Cyber-Freud: Online psychotherapy", Time Digital, March 2001

"You Say You Want an E-Book Revolution?", Time Digital, December, 2000

"Hoping Web Success Strikes Twice: Denis Dutton’s Cybereditions", The New York Times, November 11, 2000

"New Media May Be Old Media’s Savior", Columbia Journalism Review, July/August, 2000

"The Silicon Governor: How Utah Governor Mike Leavitt is using Mormonism to stoke the new economy", The Industry Standard, August 6, 2000

"England’s Back Waters: Canal Boating on the Avon Ring", Travel & Leisure, August, 2000

"Adam Phillips and the New Freud", The New York Times, June 10, 2000

"A Conversation with The Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg", Rolling Stone, May 19, 2000

"Review of Francis Stoner Saunders “The Cultural Cold War”", Salon, April 16, 2000

"Review of Saul Bellow’s “Ravelstein”", Talk, April 2000

"Getting Alienated Freudians to Associate", The New York Times, March 25, 2000

"Review of Michael Eric Dyson’s “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.”", The New York Times Book Review, January 23, 2000

"The Red and the Black: Louise Patterson", The New York Times Magazine, January 2, 2000

"Review of Richard Laskin’s Partisans: Marriage, Politics and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals", The New York Observer, December 20, 1999

"Who Needs Philosophy? A profile of Martha Nussbaum", The New York Times Magazine, November 21, 1999

"The Charterhouse of Parma", The New Yorker, September 27, 1999

"A Clean-plate club for the intrepid", The New Yorker, July 26, 1999

"Review of Tony Hiss’s “The View from Alger’s Window: A Son’s Memoir", The New York Observer, June 7, 1999

"Review of Jonathan Weiner’s “Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior", Newsday, May 2, 1999

"Thinking the Unthinkable: A profile of Niall Ferguson", The New Yorker, April 12, 1999

"Review of Norman Podhoretz’s “Ex-Friends: Falling Out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer”", The New York Observer, February 15, 1999

"Who was the real Sybil?", The New Yorker, January 4, 1999

"Powder Burn: Eco-Terrorism at Vail", Outside Magazine, January 1999

"Enjoy Your Zizek: A profile of Slavoj Zizek", Lingua Franca, October 1998

"Review of Ron Rosenbaum’s “Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil”", Newsday, July 19, 1998

"Review of Sylvia Nasar’s “A Beautiful Mind: The biography of John Nash”", Newsday, June 14, 1998

"Review of Richard Rorty’s “Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America”", The Los Angeles Times Book Review, April 12, 1998

"The Hollywood Way: A profile of Michael Lynton", The New Yorker, March 30, 1998

"The Two Tonys: A profile of LSE’s Anthony Giddens", The New Yorker, October 6, 1997

"Review of Jim Sleeper’s “Liberal Racism”", The New York Times Book Review, August 17, 1997

"Review of Saul Bellow’s “The Actual” and Harriet Wasserman’s “Handsome Is: Adventures With Saul Bellow”", Newsday, May 25, 1997

"The Lives of Robert Hughes: A profile", The New Yorker, May 12, 1997

"Review of Don Snyder’s “The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found”", Newsday, April 27, 1997

"Review of Jane Kramer’s “The Politics of Memory”", Newsday, December 26, 1996

"God and Harvard: A profile of Harvard’s Rev. Peter Gomes", The New Yorker, November 11, 1996

"The Bernaliad: Martin Bernal’s Long Journey to Ithaca", Lingua Franca, November, 1996

"Sue Mingus and Revenge Records", The New York Times Magazine, October 28, 1996

"The Birth of an Idea: A profile of Frank Sulloway", The New Yorker, October 7, 1996

"Review of Alfred Kazin’s, “A Lifetime burning in Every Moment”", The New York Observer, May 27, 1996

"A Lefty Reunion", The New Yorker, May 13, 1996

"The Professor of Connection: A profile of Stanley Crouch", The New Yorker, November 6, 1995

"Review of Jeffrey Meyers’ “Edmund Wilson: A Biography"", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 4, 1995

"Cross-Dressing 101: A profile of Marjorie Garber", Boston Magazine, June, 1995

"Going Both Ways: Marjorie Garber’s Vice Versa", Vogue, June, 1995

"Loury’s Exodus: A profile of Glenn Loury", The New Yorker, May 1, 1995

"The Routledge Revolution: Has Academic Publishing Gone Tabloid?", Lingua Franca, April 1995

"The New Intellectuals", The Atlantic Monthly, March 1995

"Review of Ron Powers’ “The Cruel Radiance: Notes of a Prosewriter in a Visual Age”", Newsday, January 19, 1995

"Review of Randall Rothenberg’s “Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story”", Newsday, December 11, 1994

"Till Press Do Us Part: The Trial of Janet Malcolm and Jeffrey Masson", The Village Voice, November 28, 1994

"Review of John Edgar Wideman’s “Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society"", Newsday, October 23, 1994

"Professor Derrick Bell: The Sage of Black Rage", The New York Observer, October 10, 1994

"Review of Henry Louis Gates’ “Colored People: A Memoir,”", The Chicago Tribune, July 17, 1994

"Review of Erik Larson’s “Lethal Passage: How the Travels of a Single Handgun Expose the Roots of America’s Gun Crisis", Newsday, March 13, 1994

"Review of Stephen Carter’s “The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion", Newsday, September 5, 1993 (front page)

"Peter Swales, Malcolm’s Uncalled Witness: A profile of Peter Swales", The New York Observer, May 24, 1993

"Review of Cornel West’s “Race Matters,”", Newsday, April 25, 1993

"Philosophy in the Woods: An Essay on American Pragmatism", The Village Voice, September 17, 1991

"Princeton’s Public Intellectual: A profile of Cornel West", The New York Times Magazine, September 15, 1991

"Review of Robert B. Westbrook’s “John Dewey and American Democracy”", Newsday, August 6, 1991

Interviews and Reviews

Professors Charles Armstrong and Carol Gluck discuss Japan, North Korea and abduction A discussion of The Invitation-Only Zone, February 28, 2017

Boynton’s book weaves the story of the abductees and abductors together with a modern history of Japanese/Korean relations that contextualizes the abduction story within a broader frame of colonialism and its histories. Interview with New Books in East Asian Studies, May 7, 2016

An interview with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Robert S. Boynton Discusses His New Book About North Korea’s Abduction Project, April 7, 2016

American journalist, Robert S. Boynton, says that North Korea has kidnapped dozens of foreign nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. The abductees were --most of the time-- asked to operate as spies. Mr Boynton has compiled his findings in his recently publish Inside North Korea's abduction of foreign nationals, BBC, April 4, 2016

Robert Boynton talks to NK News about The Invitation-Only Zone, his 14-year investigation into the regime’s kidnappings New book sheds light on North Korea's abduction programme, The Guardian, April 1, 2016

KEI's Jenna Gibson talks with Robert Boynton about the background to The Invitation-Only Zone North Korea's Abduction Project, February 7, 2016

Leonard Lopate speaks with Robert Boynton about his book, The Invitation-Only Zone Uncovering North Korea's Secret Abductions in Japan, February 1, 2016

Hyung-Gu Lynn sat down virtually Robert Boynton to ask some questions on the process of research and writing his book A "Behind the Book" interview with Robert Boynton, January 22, 2016

Imagine walking on a beach in Japan with your girlfriend. Suddenly you’re being stuffed into a sack and taken to North Korea, where you’ll spend the next 25 years of your life completely cut off from the outside world. The Diane Rehm Show, January 14, 2016

A discussion with Roberto Herrsher at San Jorge University, Zaragoza, Spain The Future of Journalism and Literary Reportage, June 25, 2015

A conversation about journalism in, and about, North Korea The Agenda with Steve Palkin, June 15, 2011

Robert Boynton sits down with TV Ontario's Steve Paikin to talk about how news from North Korea is getting out, and what it means for the long suffering citizens of the hermit kingdom. North Korea, Information (Un)Controlled, June 15, 2011

CBC, Dispatches North Korea's Digital Underground, April 14, 2011

On the Media The Journalism of North Korea, April 8, 2011

Underground Media in the Isolated Empire Word of Mouth, with Virginia Prescott, March 30, 2011

Atlantic correspondent Robert S. Boynton looks at the citizen-journalists inside North Korea who, aided by a half-dozen outside media organizations, are able to smuggle facts into and out of the country, risking mprisonment and even execution to do so. Hi The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, March 17, 2011

Robert S. Boynton talks about NYU's new Literary Reportage concentration,

Paying a source for interviews is one of journalism’s most grievous sins. But in this month’s Columbia Journalism Review, journalist and NYU professor Robert Boynton argues that for some reporters, whether or not to pay a source is a much more complicated On The Media,, January 18, 2008

Interview with Jason Boog at The Publishing Spot Five Easy Questions, May 21, 2007

The Boston Globe Interview with Joshua Glenn, March 25, 2005

Interview with Robin Young on WBUR's "Here and Now", March 21, 2005

The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft A discussion at Barnes & Noble with Ted Conover, William Finnegan, Adrian LeBlanc, Ron Rosenbaum, and Lawrence Weschler, March 9, 2005

A panel discussion on The New New Journalism at Barnes & Noble Union Square, March 9, 2005

© Robert S. Boynton