A surprising discovery: Nathaniel Rich and his father.

For the past several days I’ve been reading a novel by Nathaniel Rich.  The novel is called Odds Against Tomorrow.  This is an entertaining novel about a guy who constantly worries about catastrophic disasters like global warming and mass extinction and massive earthquakes and nuclear disasters.  The novel is entertaining, funny, witty, bright and a lot of fun to read.  I’m only 30% into this novel so I’m not going to write about it right now.  This isn’t the point of this post.

What I didn’t realize until an hour or so ago is that Nathaniel Rich is also a journalist for the New York Times and that he wrote some of the best articles on the environment,  global warming and species extinction in the NY Times.  In fact he is one of my favorite Times journalists.  I had just never put together that he is both the author of the fun and exiting novel I was currently reading and a New York times writer that I have read often in the past.

And then it turns out that Frank Rich is Nathaniel Rich’s father.   I had never made this connection before either.  Frank Rich was one of the best journalists at the New York Times in past years.   Frank now writes for New York Magazine.  He wrote many great articles for that magazine’s The Circus section.  And he still writes regularly there.

All of this was a huge surprise to me.  It was quite pleasing and eye opening for me to discover all of these connections that I didn’t have a clue of when I began Nathaniel Rich’s novel Odds Against Tomorrow.

Anyway, I’m still excited about re-discovering both Nathaniel Rich and Frank Rich and their connections, so I am going to give you a list of some of their books and articles.

Nathaniel is definitely worth reading, on several different levels.  As a journalist, he is dead serious and very, very precise and accurate.  As a novelist he is fun, funny, bright, entertaining, a real wordsmith and actually a very real literary presence.  Take my word for it; his novel Odds Against Tomorrow is fun reading.  I’ll give you my final thoughts on the novel when I’m done.

And then there is his Frank Rich, Nathaniel’s father, over at New York Magazine; this guy is close to a genius. I’ve been reading and loving Frank Rich’s work at New York Magazine for years.  I missed most of his NY Times articles, but his work at NY Magazine is truly inspired.

I’ve already written about one of Nathaniel Rich’s articles in this blog and I’m sure I’ll be writing more about him in the future.

Each book and article below is linked to its source.


Here are Nathaniel Rich’s novels.

Odds Against Tomorrow: a Novel

The Mayor’s Tongue

King Zeno: a Novel


Here are some of Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Pieces

Climate Change and the Savage Human Future

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Can We Fix a Poisoned Planet Once We’ve Poisoned the Social Contract


Here are some of the best of Frank Rich’s articles from New York Magazine

Frank Rich at New York Magazine



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