Jason Zinoman

Jason Zinoman writes about theater for the New York Times. He is the author of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jan. 22 2013 10:36 AMHannibal Lecter, Charles Manson … and the Evil ProfessorThe Following and the tradition of serial-killer horror.
Curtain Call
March 19 2012 1:30 PMA Sad StoryMike Daisey didn’t just break the rules of journalism. He did a disservice to his own art.
Curtain Call
Feb. 22 2012 7:00 AMHow To Save SmashMake it more like the real Broadway.
July 8 2011 6:57 AMPart IV: Gore Is Good
July 6 2011 7:41 AMPart II: Kill the Back Story
Curtain Call
May 3 2011 5:39 PMWhy the Tonys Matter This YearTwo brave, timely new American dramas are vying for best play.
Curtain Call
Nov. 29 2010 4:11 PMThe Scottsboro BoysIs the most ambitious new musical of the Broadway season racist?
Skin And Scares
Sept. 13 2010 11:44 AMThe True Blood Season FinaleNot enough skin, not enough scares, plenty of cliffhangers.
Skin And Scares
Aug. 23 2010 1:01 PMWho Will Die on True Blood Next Week?There are several contenders.
Skin And Scares
Aug. 10 2010 11:36 AMWhat's Wrong With Vampires?Werewolves, shape shifters, swimming hippies—the world of True Blood is getting too crowded.
Skin And Scares
July 26 2010 3:25 PMOf Werewolves, Dog Fighting, and Lady GagaTaking stock of True Blood at the midseason mark.
Skin And Scares
July 19 2010 2:53 PMHow To Act Like A 3,000-Year-Old ManIn praise of Denis O'Hare.
Skin And Scares
June 28 2010 1:11 PMNeckingTrue Blood reinvents vampire sex.
Skin And Scares
June 14 2010 6:40 PMA Shirt Shortage Strikes Bon TempsTrue Blood's very sexy, very gay Season 3 debut.
Curtain Call
July 27 2012 12:00 PMChekhov’s Banana PeelStop staging stuffy, boring productions of the Russian master’s work. He’s much more fun than that.
Curtain Call
March 12 2012 6:50 AMCarrie’s Mom Was RightReconsidering one of the most reviled mothers in the history of horror.
July 8 2011 6:58 AMThe 10 Greatest Scenes in the History of GoreFrom Alien to Zombie.
July 7 2011 10:11 AMPart III: Embrace the Remake
July 5 2011 6:55 AMPart I: Stop Trying To Be So Respectable
Curtain Call
Feb. 8 2011 11:32 AMWith Great Power Comes Great IrresponsibilitySpider-Man is a wild, sexed-up, Greek mythologized train wreck. But it's Julie Taymor's train wreck, through and through.
Curtain Call
Oct. 22 2010 7:13 AMLombardi PuntsThe new play about the Green Bay Packers coach is more interested in the myth than the man.
Skin And Scares
Aug. 30 2010 11:28 AMIs True Blood Killing Itself Off?How many great characters have to die before the season is over?
Skin And Scares
Aug. 16 2010 1:19 PMTrue Blood's "Barrage of Homosexuality"Was the Philadelphia Eagles' Todd Herremans on to something?
Skin And Scares
Aug. 2 2010 11:16 AMStyle, Soap, Sex—and Splat!Why doesn't True Blood get as much critical love as Mad Men?
July 21 2010 7:19 AMWhat a PrickAl Pacino makes it safe to hate Shylock again.
Skin And Scares
July 12 2010 4:24 PMThis is Your Brain on BloodTrue Blood's devastating critique of the war on drugs.
Skin And Scares
June 21 2010 7:09 AMWhat Do Vampires See in Sookie?She's deadly boring.
Life And Art
Jan. 10 2003 12:53 PMLove Me Two-TimerWas Benedict Arnold's wife the real traitor?


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.


It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

Use Facebook to Reconnect With Old Friends, Share Photos, and Serve People With Legal Papers

  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 6:40 PM Coalition of the Presentable Don’t believe the official version. Meet America’s real allies in the fight against ISIS.
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 8:38 PM “No One in This World” Is One of Kutiman’s Best, Most Impressive Songs
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 1:50 PM Oh, the Futility! Frogs Try to Catch Worms off of an iPhone Video.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 23 2014 11:00 AM Google Exec: Climate Change Deniers Are “Just Literally Lying”
Sports Nut
Sept. 23 2014 7:27 PM You’re Fired, Roger Goodell If the commissioner gets the ax, the NFL would still need a better justice system. What would that look like?