Selected Essays, Op-eds and Reviews
Danny Heitman:
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-Most Recent Work-

Can You Cherish Your Clutter? The Guardian, Jan. 1, 2016:

Giving Up New Books for Lent, Feb. 6, The Christian Science Monitor:

My Updike Year, Jan. 26, 2016, The Christian Science Monitor.

New York Times oped, "Thoreau: The First Declutterer:," July 4, 2015.

Annie Dillard profile for Humanities, May 2015

The Talented Mr. Huxley, Humanities, November/December 2015

Robert Louis Stevenson profile, July, 2015, Humanities:

Virginia Woolf profile, May 2015, Humanities:

Our contemporary, Montaigne, March 2015, Humanities:

James Thurber profile, January 2015, Humanities magazine:

John Aubrey, Elizabethan gossiper, Feb. 1, 2015 The Weekly Standard:

Gore Vidal, Anyone? Jan. 18, 2016, The Weekly Standard

The New Yorker, in Myth and Memory, Dec. 7, 2015, The Weekly Standard.

Laureate of Demons: The Life of Shirley Jackson, Sept. 7, 2015, The Weekly Standard.

Max Beerbohm Unillustrated: A Major Minor Writer in Prose, July 6, 2015, The Weekly Standard:

L.E. Sissman, Darkness Visible, March 30, 2015, The Weekly Standard.

Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, Nov. 8, 2015. Barnes and Noble Review.

South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature, Sept. 9, 2015, Barnes and Noble Review.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, March 11, 2015, Barnes and Noble Review.

Essays after 80 by Donald Hall, Dec. 22, 2014, Barnes and Noble Review.

You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck, Dec. 2014, The Wall Street Journal:

The Only Street in Paris, Nov. 6, 2015, The Wall Street Journal.

Have you Twittered Away your Summer?, The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 18, 2014

H.L. Mencken as a Boy? Oh, Boy!, Humanities Magazine, November/December 2014

The Inner Light: What Shakespeare Saw in Montaigne's Reflections, The Weekly Standard, Oct. 27, 2014

Keep it Short, NY Times Magazine, March 24, 2014

The Great Quietness of Eudora Welty, Humanities Magazine, March/April 2014


-Selected Writings by Category-


Why America loves its office culture, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 31, 2012

If Thoreau were to move to Walden today, would he bring the Internet? Maybe. Christian Science Monitor, July 4, 2012

In Praise of the Summer Daydream, Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2012

Hard times can reveal hidden talents, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 12, 2009

Fourth of July: an excellent day to stay home, Christian Science Monitor, July 4, 2011

The case for treating Super Bowl and science-fair winners differently, Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2011

Why we're disappointed with nature, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 29, 2008

The great summer escape – is it still possible? Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 1, 2011

Fourth of July: an excellent day to stay home, Christian Science Monitor, July 4, 2011

Poetry is essential to politics, and to us, Christian Science Monitor, April 11, 2008 


Tax day: How to remind Americans that paying taxes is a conservative value, Christian Science Monitor, April 17, 2012

Advice for Congress this first day of spring: To improve leadership, go outside, Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2012

New Year's resolution: Seek the other side in political commentary, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 30, 2011

Listening to the other voice in the Jackie Kennedy interviews, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 15, 2011

After Mississippi floods and Joplin tornado, some hard-hitting geography lessons, Christian Science Monitor, June 1, 2011

Waiting for the flood, Washington Post, May 13, 2011

Year after BP spill, Louisiana hears Easter season message, Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2011

How can Obama save our economy and our democracy? Humanities education, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 18, 2011

Hurricane Katrina: Five years on, New Orleans's problems have gone national, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 2010

Fourth of July and Thoreau remind us that US progress is linked with its ecology, Christian Science Monitor, July 2, 2010

Louisiana, land of Audubon … and now? Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2010

One small bright spot in Katrina's aftermath: neighborhood loyalty, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 29, 2007

Black history is everyone's history, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 7, 2006


The Young and the Bookless, The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2013

Can you inherit an e-book?, Christian Science Monitor, June 15, 2013 

What poetry could teach a divided America, Christian Science Monitor, April 5, 2013

How summer reading flipped me from my hammock and changed my life
Christian Science Monitor, July 8, 2011

Don't just read for fun, Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 11, 2008

End-of-summer reading regrets? They're nothing new, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 3, 2012

A Beached Wail—No Time for That Pile of Books, (orig. Wall Street Journal), Aug. 31, 2012

Spring Cleaning, Barnes & Noble Review, April 9, 2012

E-Books and Life Without Guilt, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 31, 2011

Christopher Hitchens: 'God is not great' - but bookmobiles are, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 16, 2011

What an E-Reader Can't Download, Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2011

After Borders closes: still room for both e-books and the paper kind, Christian Science Monitor, July 20, 2011

Oscars: A cartoon about the wonders of reading takes the prize, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 27, 2012

Encounters with biblio-amnesia, Washington Post, June 10, 2011

Great Books About the Beach, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 6, 2010

A Labor Day sigh over summer books, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 4, 2009

5 good reasons to embrace the fall reading season, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 5, 2011


Keep it Short, NY Times Magazine, March 24, 2014

Want to be a writer? You need a favorite author, April 15, 2013

A Personal Trove of Prose, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 12, 2012

Just the Facts, Opinionator, New York Times, May 7, 2012


The Great Quietness of Eudora Welty, Humanities Magazine, March/April 2014

The White Pages, Humanities Magazine, January/February 2014

A working man's poet (Carl Sandburg), Humanities, March/April 2013

In praise of Daisy, Fred, Minnie and Red, Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2013

Fiction as Authentic as Fact: 'ROBINSON CRUSOE' (1719) BY DANIEL DEFOE, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2013

Words and Their Authors' Voices, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 23, 2012

It's almost Nov. 6. Do you know what books Obama and Romney have been reading? Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 26, 2012

What John Keats Can Teach a CEO, Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2011

Poetry is essential to politics, and to us, Christian Science Monitor, April 11, 2008

Presidential bedfellows, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 15, 2008

Fiction as Authentic as Fact: 'ROBINSON CRUSOE' (1719) BY DANIEL DEFOE, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2013

Not Exactly a Hermit: Henry David Thoreau, HUMANITIES, September/October 2012

Love Letter to London, Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2012

Let Us Now Praise James Agee, HUMANITIES, July/August 2012

Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans, HUMANITIES, May/June 2012

Digressions on a Diagnosis, Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2012

When E.B. White is also Grandpa, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 20, 2012

A Novel That Parses the Inexplicable, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 10, 2011

Audubon the Writer, HUMANITIES, November/December 2011

National Poetry Month: How and why I celebrate, Christian Science Monitor, April 6, 2011

"Wimpy Kid" creator Jeff Kinney talks about his day job, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 3, 2010

A Naturalist's Feast for the Eyes, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2010

Tom Swift Turns 100, Smithsonian, July 1, 2010

In the steps of John James Audubon, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 10, 2009

Poetry in Motion, New York Times, April 15, 2009

We should share Lincoln's love for poetry, Christian Science Monitor, April 1, 2009

Henry David Thoreau as global-warming researcher? Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2012

Presidents Day: our best presidents are as close as the nearest biography, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 20, 2012

Eudora Welty: the garden at the heart of her creativity, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 10, 2012

A Novel That Parses the Inexplicable, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 10, 2011

Calvin Trillin remembers 9/11 differently from the rest of us, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 9, 2011

David McCullough talks about "The Greater Journey" and some of his own favorite books, Christian Science Monitor, June 24, 2011

Elizabeth Bishop centennial, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 8, 2011

National Poetry Month: How and why I celebrate, Christian Science Monitor, April 6, 2011


Pumpkin pie in August? Gratitude – and a son’s taste – is not seasonal, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 23, 2012

Back to school: Fresh paint may improve school's overall quality, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 17, 2012

Our homely, rich persimmon tree, Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 22, 2008

Peewee basketball: entertaining chaos, Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 11, 2008

No Chive Left Behind, Smithsonian, March 2004


Boy Meets Gull, Wall Street Journal Book Review, March 22, 2014l

Elsewhere: A Memoir, Barnes & Noble Review, Nov. 19, 2012

Wendell Berry: New Collected Poems, Christian Science Monitor, April 4, 2012

Earth Works: Selected Essays, Barnes & Noble Review, Feb. 17, 2012

Higher Gossip, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 9, 2011

Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker, Barnes & Noble Review, Oct. 11, 2011

What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell, Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 2011

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, Christian Science Monitor, April 13, 2011

When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me? Christian Science Monitor, March 9, 2011

The Masque of Africa, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 20, 2010

In Motion: The Experience of Travel, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 17, 2010

My Reading Life, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 10, 2010

The Best American Essays 2010, Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 25, 2010

The Twilight of the Bombs, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 2, 2010

Silk Parachute, Christian Science Monitor, March 9, 2010

Imagination in Place, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 9, 2010

Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 1, 2010

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