Sandra Newman
Writer, Freelance

Sandra Newman is an American author, whose most recent book is The Heavens (2019). She lives in Manhattan.

Written by Sandra Newman

Actor Mark Rylance in the all-male production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in New York. Photo by Walter McBride/Getty

Essay/
Stories and literature
Queering Shakespeare

So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay – yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love

Sandra Newman

A Sister of Charity at the New York Foundling Hospital in 1943. Photo by Nina Leen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Essay/
Anthropology
Infanticide

There is nothing so horrific as child murder, yet it’s ubiquitous in human history. What drives a parent to kill a baby?

Sandra Newman

Photo by Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty

Essay/
Human rights and justice
Why men rape

It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop

Sandra Newman

In the Highlands of New Guinea, 1970. Photo by Burt Glinn/Magnum

Essay/
Rituals and celebrations
Possessed by a mask

Every human culture has used masks for ritual disinhibition, shaming and play. Is being online the ultimate masquerade?

Sandra Newman

New Mexico. 1973. Zuni Pueblo. Photo by Hiroji Kubota/Magnum

Essay/
Gender
Man, weeping

History is full of sorrowful knights, sobbing monks and weeping lovers – what happened to the noble art of the manly cry?

Sandra Newman