New York Magazine

68 MINUTES WITH … David Brooks

The conservative columnist takes a look inside his soul. But what does he see?

IT WAS 2013, and David Brooks was in the wilderness. Not the literal des-ert or jungle or anything like that, but the emotional wilderness of an accomplished man who, in midlife, has discovered a deep emptiness at his core. His marriage of 27 years was falling apart. The genteel conservatism in which he was nurtured and raised was morphing into something craven, naked, and raw. Lonely and living alone in an apartment in Washington, D.C., Brooks, 52 at the time, took stock and saw that in his rise to the pinnacle of American punditry, he had failed to make or keep meaningful friendships. And what was happening to him, Brooks writes in his new book, The Second Mountain, was happening

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.