Alexandra Schwartz
Alexandra Schwartz has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2016. She was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for 2014.
All Work
On TelevisionJune 21, 2021 Issue
“Kevin Can F**K Himself” and “Feel Good” Rethink Relationship Comedy
Sending up sitcoms and self-righteousness on AMC and Netflix.
By Alexandra SchwartzJune 14, 2021
The TheatreMay 10, 2021 Issue
The Human Rhythms of Hurricane Katrina
An audio production of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play “shadow/land” brings the tragedy of storm-battered New Orleans to life.
By Alexandra SchwartzMay 3, 2021
Cultural Comment
Blake Bailey, Philip Roth, and the Biography That Blew Up
The author of one of the year’s biggest books has been accused of sexual assault. Strangely, it was precisely his subject that exposed him to scrutiny.
By Alexandra SchwartzApril 23, 2021
On TelevisionMarch 29, 2021 Issue
The Haredi Jewish Family of “Shtisel” Returns for a Third Season
The runaway-hit series from Israel delivers pleasures similar to those of an expansive nineteenth-century novel.
By Alexandra SchwartzMarch 22, 2021
Under Review
The Voice That Gets Lost Online
The Internet gave us a new language. Did it take one away?
By Alexandra SchwartzFebruary 17, 2021
BooksFebruary 15 & 22, 2021 Issue
Chang-rae Lee Lets Loose in “My Year Abroad”
What happens when a master of restrained realism discovers the allure of exuberant excess?
By Alexandra SchwartzFebruary 8, 2021
On TelevisionFebruary 8, 2021 Issue
When Work Becomes Life in “Call My Agent!” and “The Bureau”
Two French series grapple with the fierce bonds of office life and the seductive thrills of performance.
By Alexandra SchwartzFebruary 1, 2021
The TheatreDecember 28, 2020 Issue
A One-Man Musical About Mother Teresa
Heather Christian and Joshua William Gelb present the saint’s life story from a closet.
By Alexandra SchwartzDecember 21, 2020
On TelevisionDecember 21, 2020 Issue
“How To with John Wilson” Offers a Martian’s-Eye View of Homo Sapiens’ Habits
The oddball, comic show about New York City is the perfect documentary for our documentary-obsessed culture.
By Alexandra SchwartzDecember 14, 2020
On TelevisionDecember 7, 2020 Issue
“Roadkill” Offers the Fantasy of Politics as Usual
The British political thriller, full of small-bore scandals and Victorian twists, can hardly compete with reality.
By Alexandra SchwartzNovember 30, 2020
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