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Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik, (born August 24, 1956) is an American writer, essayist and commentator.

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Warren Buffett, Adam Gopnik, and others help me pay tribute to a great business writer:
"The lirerary marketplace turns profits; the community of readers makes reputations." Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker.
Loved this insight on language from Adam Gopnik! "Out Loud: Translation and Untranslatables via
Best D-Day thinking this week...Adam Gopnik on the Franco-centric view of D Day:
"Difficult men make good allies in dark times." RTAdam Gopnik on what De Gaulle won on D Day:
as long as it isn't Adam Gopnik. There- I said it.
"LOL" just turned 25. Listen to Adam Gopnik's story about learning its meaning--the hard way--from his son:
Here's an interesting idea from an Adam Gopnik article on language and translation, in the May 26 New Yorker:...
"The Englsh version is 'I done it', the French version is 'and the *** tried to stop me!' Adam Gopnik
Adam review of the Dictionary of Untranslatables is a delicious essay on and
Understood, and yet, in my world, Adam Gopnik can do no wrong.
Humorous piece by Adam Gopnik in this wks on the abstract nature of words and translation
“A grotesque euphemism is offensive exactly because we recognize perfectly well the mismatch between the word and its referent.” Adam Gopnik
Must Read Essay: Adam Gopnik on Guns, and Yes, They Do Kill. - I don’t think I’ve ever been as heartbroken...
"...skepticism has no need to be hysterical." Adam Gopnik on Hume. (Tell that to the fervent acolytes of Richard Dawkins.)
The two sick burns above are from David Bentley Hart's article responding to Adam Gopnik, here:
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How much really gets lost in translation?- BY ADAM GOPNIK
At -- Finishing up 'Paris to the Moon' by Adam Gopnik. How many books about can I read?
Very proud of my friend, Adam Gopnik, for speaking the plain truth. …
Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker on soccer and hockey stereotypes
Sometimes I think I should have been a linguist | Adam Gopnik: How much really gets lost in translation?
Paris to the Moon. Paris to the MoonAdam Gopnik (Author)(181)Buy new: $16.00 $12.017...
"We are not captives of our tongues, but we are citizens of our languages" . Word Magic by Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik on continental philosophy. "A truly untranslatable word may be the sign of an unsustainable concept". Take that Dasein
Adam Gopnik on Richard Martinez’s courage to speak the painful truth about guns:
Adam Gopnik on language is just as aggravating as David Denby on film.
“The ideal of the ‘student-athlete,’ long crumbling, is now pretty much in rubble.” Adam Gopnik on college sports:
Adam Gopnik on the inscrutable magic of The Little Prince
'an extended parable of the kinds and follies of abstraction' - Adam Gopnik on Le Petit Prince, via
What is The Little Prince actually about? Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker.
"our real work is to see the world again." Adam Gopnik on "The Little Prince"
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"You can’t love roses. You can only love a rose." Adam Gopnik's take on "Le Petit Prince” via
Adam Gopnik on the lasting power of "The Little Prince" and why it's really a war story
Adam Gopnik and Elizabeth Gilbert discuss the idea of the Great American Novel and its influence on American writers.
Adam Gopnik and discuss the Great American Novel on this week's Out Loud podcast:
Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN What is more important – technical skills or knowledge of art history? Fareed discusses the issue with 'New Yorker' staff writer Adam Gopnik. Watch the video for the full interview.
Adam Gopnik's masterful essay from 2012 on mass incarceration and criminal justice in America
Long Wharf Theatre is holding a “Creative Conversation,” featuring New Yorker writers Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik on Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre.
Adam Gopnik on the gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden Good read
Adam Gopnik and James Wood discuss atheism and faith on this week’s Out Loud podcast:
"On much of the planet, we need no longer hold an invisible hand or bite an invisible bullet to get by." - Adam Gopnik
Faith Starts To Fade | Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 10th February 2014: Review of recent books on atheism and...
Meet the line-up for the House Of SpeakEasy opening gala next week - Andy Borowitz, Uma Thurman, Adam Gopnik,...
Shatz on Adam Gopnik: "How not to write about Duke Ellington:"
A week ago, my friend KLW, a distinguished New York jazz critic, called to ask if I had read Adam Gopnik's New Yorker essay on Duke Ellington (and the Beatles). I had not, nor did I plan to. The pr...
Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex “Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America—more than six million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”—Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America”In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. At one time, the American penal system operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock and key in order to protect society. Today, as states attempt to save money by outsourcing p ...
The King in the Window is a children's novel written by American author Adam Gopnik.
Civilization is an agreement to keep people from shouting 'Fire' in a crowded theatre...' Adam Gopnik
Best move she ever made was sending Adam Gopnik to Paris
Adam Gopnik in September 2002, on W.H Auden in the 40s, his liberalism, Christian faith, homosexuality -
Great Adam Gopnik essay on the Kennedy assassination (tl;dr: Wallace Shawn did it)
Was just reading Adam Gopnik on Winter in the Enlightenment aloud in the steam mist.
Text of Gettysburg Address Shortly after Everett's well-received remarks, Lincoln spoke for only a few minutes.[15] With a "few appropriate remarks", he was able to summarize his view of the war in just ten sentences. Despite the historical significance of Lincoln's speech, modern scholars disagree as to its exact wording, and contemporary transcriptions published in newspaper accounts of the event and even handwritten copies by Lincoln himself differ in their wording, punctuation, and structure.[16][17] Of these versions, the Bliss version, written well after the speech as a favor for a friend, is viewed by many as the standard text.[18] Its text differs, however, from the written versions prepared by Lincoln before and after his speech. It is the only version to which Lincoln affixed his signature, and the last he is known to have written.[18] Gettysburg Address Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition ...
Winter by Adam Gopnik – review: In these chatty essays the New Yorker writer considers everything from firewood...
In this collection of five essays, each one offering a unique and fascinating perspective on the season of winter, Adam Gopnik takes the reader on...
Why teach and study English? Adam Gopnik on the value of a humanities major:
Such great writing. Adam Gopnik: The assassination of J.F.K., fifty years later.
The takeaway from the New Yorker's food issue is I want to be Adam Gopnik's mom.
It is always difficult to be an artist, devoted to seeing and making, in a commercial society devoted to showing and spending. -Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik: A certain kind of Canadian keeps the CBC [radio] on from early morning to bedtime, indiscriminately
It closed in the 90s/2000s, then reopened as an art house. Last time I was in town, they were advertising an Adam Gopnik talk.
Laptop insurance - because accidents happen!
Say it before there's no point in saying it, - are always drawn to the idea of simplicity, - Adam Gopnik
Are you feeling cold? As the temperatures start to drop, our usual response is to complain, but New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik has chosen to take a different look at our harshest season. Winter consists of five essays, all crammed with interesting facts. The book was created for a series of Canadian…
New non-fiction: Winter by Adam Gopnik “Grey skies and December lights are my idea of secret joy,” he says. Agree!
"It's a strange thing to be the serpent in one's own garden, the snake in one's own grass." Adam Gopnik
Something to read under a blanket, with the heating on: Winter by Adam Gopnik
There's LoL ... and then there's LOL -- hysterical story shared by Adam Gopnik on
Adam Gopnik speaks with a gun dealer about his views on the gun-control debate:
Adam Gopnik has excellent piece on bread making in the New Yorker but let me also sing praises of his book, The Table Comes First. Out in PB
James Wood and Adam Gopnik on intimate family memoirs about famous writers.
"Kennedy’s assassination and his Presidency have left behind two very different legacies. Earlier this year, in an essay called “Closer Than That,” Adam Gopnik described the first: Kennedy’s assassination, he wrote, marked the advent of a durable conspiratorial sensibility, animated by “the sense that we know so much and grasp so little,” and by “the postmodern suspicion that the more we see, the less we know.” It taught us that everyone really is connected, in a perhaps unsavory way: “the small-time crook in his garret and the big-time social leader in his mansion are intimately linked.” "The other legacy was captured in Diana Trilling’s 1997 essay, “A Visit to Camelot.” In 1962, the Trillings were invited to the White House for a dinner honoring that year’s Nobel laureates. Jacqueline Kennedy, Trilling wrote, was “a hundred times more beautiful than any photograph had ever indicated”; the President “was handsome and exuded energy—I could feel it even at my distance fr ...
Nathan Myhrvold & Adam Gopnik on 11/20 @ 2pm talk about secrets of Photography of Tickets on sale:
I just posted links to the articles (Adam Gopnik, Steven Pinker, etc) that Michael has mentioned:
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Here’s a look back at Adam Gopnik’s piece on Lincoln’s language and its legacy: Illustration by David Hughes.
Read: Today is the 150th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address. Adam Gopnik reviews same--it's language and nuances and effect. Check it out for sure today as you pause for a moment and digest.
Gettysburg Address From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For the text of the Gettysburg Address, see Gettysburg Address at Wikisource. See also: Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg One of the only two confirmed photos of Abraham Lincoln[1][2][3] (circled) at Gettysburg, taken about noon, just after Lincoln arrived and some three hours before the speech. To Lincoln's right is his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon. The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, one of the best-known in American history.[4] It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg. Abraham Lincoln's carefully crafted address, secondary to other presentations that day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American ...
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On writing/baking bread: "What makes something interesting to read about is its narrative grip, and stories are, of necessity, exercises in compressing time. What makes something interesting to do is that - through repetition, coordination, perseverance - it stretches time." -Adam Gopnik
“There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather" ADAM GOPNIK
Read Great books, watch good films. Why I English and You Should Too Samford Crimson | November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments ADAM QUINN – Opinion Columnist The decision to become an English major used to be easy: read great books, watch great films, wear comfy sweaters and write cutting poetry about your ex. Not bad, right? Sitting cozily in an ivory tower of deconstruction and post-structuralism, English majors used to be able to peer down with pity on those struggling with math and science courses while contentedly leafing through a leather-bound volume of Shakespeare or Whitman. English departments never need to convince students that they want to major in English, only that they can get away with it. Unfortunately, in an increasingly competitive and specialized economy, pressure from both friends and parents to “get a real job” has brought the English major under attack for being useless or even obsolete. A growing number of lists rank English as one of the least profitable undergraduate majors—at le ...
"The real proof of consciousness is the pain of loss." - Through the Children's Gate by Adam Gopnik
Book Review - "Gopnik has a heightened sense of the magnificence and power of winter"
Winter by Adam Gopnik – review | Books | The Observer | the central heating gaffe aside, this looks delightful..
Now available as a paperback. Adam Gopnik's Winter. Impressive essays on the history, culture and politics of winter.
Fascinating. I have a love-hate with winter as I think many do. "Winter by Adam – review" good read
That Adam Gopnik line about "certain kinds" of Canadians who constantly listen to the CBC was my real takeaway from his essay about bread
Adam Gopnik's 2012 Massey Lectures on Winter (now a book) are quite beautiful explorations of a theme. Interview here
Submerged in the New Yorker food issue (I am each year at about this time, what should I stumble across but...you guessed it...a question of diagnosis! "Is our bread addicted society about to end?" ponders Adam Gopnik as he describes how self-diagnosis of celiac disease has reduced the number of bread eaters. But, this sociologist of diagnosis is more interested in what is behind self-diagnosis in general terms and what it says about changes in society and medicine. I've written, only a week or so ago, about medicine promoting self-diagnosis. It's an unusual state of affairs, I've said, as diagnosis is usually considered to be in the doctor, not the patient's, purview. However, with influenza, public health messages promote lay self-diagnosis (even though my studies have shown it to be reasonably ineffective). Paradoxically, while medicine promotes self-diagnosis of influenza, it discourages most other forms. Self-diagnosis can also challenge medical authority, and underline the increasing access of ...
“It cannot be said too clearly, and it cannot be said too often: guns make gun violence happen, gun-control laws make it stop.” From “No Time To Despair About Gun Control,” by Adam Gopnik.
"How can winter possibly be political? Or nationalistic? Or even erotic?"
“Winter by Adam Gopnik – review he can do no wrong so obviously this will be amazing
Winter by Adam Gopnik – review: A study of the historical and cultural influences of winter on the world's tem...
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Drawing need not be the bones of art, but skill must always be the skeleton of accomplishment. - Adam Gopnik
I am adding the Adam Gopnik to my goodreads now! Thanks Margot.
A Movable Feast = fantastic, yes, read, but also Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik.
Adam Gopnik has some good stuff, though not so much on infants.
"The pedestrian is the city's red blood cell." --Adam Gopnik
"A parking lot is a cemetery of civil society." --Adam gopnik's Winter by Why cars and cities can't be friends
Ive decided that my life goal is to be as wonderful as Adam Gopnik, and maybe one day someone will appreciate my life stories
As someone who longs to be a professional bread baker, I have to choose Bread and Women by Adam Gopnik.
Sarah La called me Adam Gopnik...the guy who wrote the basic comp essay "Bumping Into Mr.Ravioli"
Adam Gopnik is a truly brilliant writer.
This Adam Gopnik essay on bread and women is one of my favorite things I've read all year:
"Women, I thought, remember everything. Bread forgives us all." - Adam Gopnik
5465 words about the right and the wrong way to deal with and by Adam Gopnik ook voor
The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik is one of my favorite writers. He wrote beautiful piece about learning to make bread with his mother and wife in the November 4th issue. "Bread and Women" is on pp. 66-70 of this special food issue. This essay is a classic, enjoyable even by gluten-intolerant types like me.
"'Xcuse me while i kiss the sky"- Through the Children's Gate by Adam Gopnik
Talbot to New Yorker and NYT: ". Adam Gopnik was even more vaporous in the Nov. 4 issue of the New Yorker, turning the JFK milestone into an occasion for a windy cogitation on regicide as cultural phenomenon. Of course, constantly proclaiming “we’ll never know” has become a self-fulfilling prophecy for the American press. It lets the watchdogs off the hook, and excuses their unforgivable failure to actually, you know, investigate the epic crime. When it comes to this deeply troubling American trauma, the highly refined writers of the New Yorker and the elite press would rather muse about the meta-issues than get at the meat."
So thrilled about this great quote from the amazing Adam Gopnik for my Little Failure. "“I fully expected Gary Shteyngart’s memoir of his search for love and sex in a Russian-Jewish-Queens-Oberlin upbringing to be as hilarious and indecorous and exact as it turns out to be; what I wasn’t entirely prepared for was for a book so soulful and pained in its recounting of the feints and false starts and, well, little failures of family love. Portnoy meets Chekhov meets Shteyngart! What could be better?” —Adam Gopnik
"In order to supply the unique amount of care that children demand, we have to enter into a contract in amnesia where neither side is entirely honest about the costs. If we ever totted up the debt, we would be unable to bear it." --Adam Gopnik, "Bread and Women." The New Yorker, Nov 4th issue.
'[...] modernity in America, with its rootless wanderings and instant connections, permanent dislocations and endless reinventions, is a kind of coincidence machine, generating two or three degrees of separation between the unlikeliest of fellows.' - Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker on Merger of the Century :
At the New Yorker Festival, the staff writer Adam Gopnik talks with the children’s-book author Norton Juster and the illustrator Jules Feiffer.
"The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough." - courtesy of Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
"By the time they came to liberate the Bastille, there were almost no prisoners left inside."—Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik wrote an article in the New Yorker on Camus! Can still remember his amazing piece on John Stuart Mill (
James Wood talks about the pleasures and perils of intimate family memoirs with Adam Gopnik. Audio:
Adam Gopnik in absolutely ace on and
Great discussion. James Wood and Adam Gopnik on family memoirs:
Talked with James Wood and about the perils of writing memoirs about family life
Have you read her book on the New Yorker? Some people come off VERY badly. I can't read Adam Gopnik anymore.
Out Loud: Literature’s Dirty Laundry: . In the magazine this week, James Wood rev...
The scale and the brutality of our prisons are the moral scandal of American life. -Adam Gopnik Quot
Adam Gopnik mixes a lot of metaphors in his description of the modern magazine but here's the best one..
Adam Gopnik: Edgar Choueiri and the Astonishing World of 3-D Sound via
Alain de Botton to speak at the MET, October 16, 2013. Ticketed Talk: "How Proust Changed Our Minds" (
"In your native tongue, you breath. With a second language, you swim." - Adam Gopnik
"All cultural prejudices seem like practical facts to the prejudiced." -Adam Gopnik "Paris To The Moon"
When one American went to Paris in the 1990s: Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik -
"In the midst of life we are at dinner." - Adam Gopnik
One of my favorite critics , Adam Gopnik, on Gertrude Stein , one of last century 's greatest influences on style
The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik joins us on the seedy, wacky face of Sunshine State crime fiction.
"'What's the recipe?' you ask the weary professional chef... The recipe is to spend your life cooking." -Adam Gopnik
Found a quote for my fellow Deadheads, "After all, spinning is its own reward. There wouldn't be carousels if it weren't so." Adam Gopnik "Paris To the Moon"
Approaching the end of our little vacances in Paris, we had dinner at our favorite restaurant, Spring, last night. Everything was wonderful, but particularly the vegetables, perhaps the most delicious I can recall. Then we discussed Stevens' epigraph to "The World as Meditation," with the chef, particularly this sentence, "Je vie un reve permanent, qui ne s'arrete ni nuit ni jour." This is the sort of thing that happens to me often in Paris, which is why I never want to leave.
Take a shot of horse urine every time Adam Gopnik says or writes "What's interesting is.."
Adam Gopnik on Gertrude Stein's writing: > Be that as it may, her art collection, which I saw in Paris, is incredible
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NewYorker writer Adam Gopnik talks French foodie culture, rise of restaurants in a packed hall in Rocky on Monday -
Adam Gopnik tells many true things about Gertrude Stein and her times:
Adam Gopnik will be at the 92Y tonight, at 8pm!
American insularity, French insecurity, Canadian unexcitability, British embarrassment - Adam Gopnik on the foibles of four countries close to his heart.
"Popular memory may be short, but its nothing compared to the amnesia of experts." -Adam Gopnik "From Paris to the Moon"
Remember that 'Paris to the Moon' part when Adam Gopnik describes a French maternity room as welcoming, not clinical?
French got into "cockpit of good eating" with invention of the restaurant in 1780, says Adam Gopnik.
Hearing Adam Gopnik talk about Paris, and food, at Dartmouth College.
In another reality we put Adam Gopnik, Malcom Gladwell and Stuart Maclean in a tub and set them out on the North Atlantic.
Adam Gopnik, writer, speaks on "Why did food get French?" at 4:30 in Rocky 1. Presented by Institute of French Cultural Studies.
Adam Gopnik is so good it sort of makes you wonder why the rest of us even bother.
On page 74 of 368 of Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik: I'm enjoying the last few essays.
Adam Gopnik recently published a thoughtful and amusing piece in The New Yorker on what he termed Florida Glare -- as opposed to L.A. Noir, the dominant mode of crime fiction in the middle decades of the last century. Gopnik, one of my favorite writers, focuses much of his attention (rightly so) on Carl Hiaasen, though he also acknowledges his Florida predecessors, such as John D. MacDonald. Gopnik refers to Skink, a recurring character in Hiaasen's novels, as "a sort of Lawton Chiles with survivalist training." He also includes a reference to Lakeland resident Tom Corcoran, author of the Alex Rutledge mysteries. A subscription to The New Yorker is required to view the full article in the June 10 issue.
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Gertrude Stein is so fly,” a friend said over a cup of coffee the other day. It was hard to know how to respond to her and the best way seemed to go for a second cup.
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what we call a “mannered” style is simply a marked style on a bad morning --Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik linking to Leafsnation is a very strange thing to see
The great Adam Gopnik predicts greatness for Oilers, eternal mediocrity for muddling Habs, bumbling Leafs.
Adam Gopnik on why the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, and why Canada is doomed:
'The essence of being civilized is to posses yourself as you are.' — lovely Adam Gopnik read on Gertrude Stein:
Adam Gopnik has a lovely post about Gertrude Stein and her particular style and her particular idea of France.
There is no right way to eat, spell, get dressed, wear clothes, make love, listen to music, drink wine - Adam Gopnik, The Table Comes First
“Paris France remains a remarkable, American act of self-possession." Adam Gopnik on Gertrude Stein in TNY yesterday
“We breathe in our first language, and swim in our second.” ― Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik on understanding Paris through the pages of Gertrude Stein
"The French may play at the game of progress, but they only play at it." Adam Gopnik on Gertrude Stein (& the French)
"[A] minute alteration in decorum can have a very big effect on tone": (Adam Gopnik on Gertrude Stein)
Adam Gopnik's brilliant essay on why Gertrude Stein’s infectuous style is a bedrock of modern American writing.
Oooh, Have French Lessons, not started. Love C'est la Vie by Suzy Gershman & Paris to the Moon Adam Gopnik.
One strain of geographic history holds that our desires as nations are rooted in the unchanging features of our terrain. Adam Gopnik
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I finally have some time for R&R... Friends! - Hit me with your all-time favorite MUST READ books. Any genre.
The All-Seeing Eye of Adam Gopnik missed Charles Willeford entirely in his rundown of Florida crime fiction.
The story of Henry Morgentaler, who died last month, is one of those that are fundamental and famous in one country and completely unknown in its neighbor, and very much worth retelling. Morgentaler had been one of the most...
Finally caught up with Adam Gopnik's treatise on Florida crime fiction. No mention of Charles Willeford. Come on.
Compassion Adam Gopnik on abortion and Henry Morgenthaler: “The counter argument -
Abortion: Canada v. US by Adam Gopnik. Canada is sane on the subject.
"From night cities of sinister conspiracies to a sunlit country of grotesque coincidences." - Adam Gopnik
Our new issue is out today, featuring articles by Clive James, Richard Lambert, Jonathan Coe, Adam Gopnik
Am reading a Katie book, The Table Comes First, by Adam Gopnik. Best quote ever, " A dinner with water is dinner for prisoners".
For the Time Being by W. H. Auden - Edited and with an introduction by Alan Jacobs: For the Time Being is Auden's only explicitly religious long poem, a technical tour de force, and a revelatory window into the poet's personal and intellectual development. This edition provides the most accurate text of the poem, a detailed introduction by Alan Jacobs that explains its themes and sets the poem in its proper contexts, and thorough annotations of its references and allusions. "[Auden's] four long poems . . . remain the astounding heart of his work. . . . In For the Time Being, the most successful of these poems, [the characters] are at once participants in the Nativity story and drunken New Yorkers."--Adam Gopnik, New Yorker "'The Christmas Oratorio' contains very fine passages, is amusing as well as being serious, and . . . has the power in some of the choruses, of bringing to mind the mighty chorales of Bach."--Stephen Spender, Time and Tide
I love letters. It’s a shame that I almost never get them. I write them, all the time, to one person, and he never replies, but it doesn’t matter.His name is Charlie, and he’s my oldest friend. I m...
The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik joins us on Florida noir, Florida detective fiction and dark, wacky tales from the Sunshine State.
"There is, I think, a force in stories, words in motion, that either drives them forward past things directly into feelings, or doesn't. And the trouble is, you don't know which way they're going until you've already taken your swing. Sometimes the words fly right over the fence and all the way out to the feelings. Make them do it one time out of three in private, and you've got a reputation as someone who can play a little, a dad who can tell a decent bedtime story. Do it three times out of five in public, and you're Mark McGwire or Dickens." -Adam Gopnik
I have a terrifying intellectual crush on Adam Gopnik. Sigh.
History needs to tell you how it looked to *them*. Saying they were all dimwits is not historical explanation, however satisfying it may be. Until you really understand that in their place you would have done the same thing, you haven't achieved a historical imagination.
"Being a literary editor at GQ was like being a poetry editor at the TV Guide." Adam Gopnik, talking about the early days of his literary career. He spoke at the Hunter College Writers' Conference earlier today.
Jonah Lehrer is up to his old plagiarizing tricks again.
Lehrer's guilty of seeming to plagiarize Adam Gopnik's transcription of a biography of Darwin. What *are* the rules here?
Adam Gopnik channeling Joe Mitchell at Hunter Writers' Conf on what makes great writer: "Pursue 'a wild exactitude' of one's own."
"More than any other genre writer today, Hiaasen offers a uniform package that doesn't feel too tightly premeditated. It's why the weary traveller delights at finding an as yet unread Hiaasen late at night in the airport bookstore, as he does not, quite, at the prospect of an unread Elfriede Jelinek." (Adam Gopnik on Carl Hiaasen and Florida crime fiction in general in the latest issue of "The New Yorker")
Jonah Lehrer latest book proposal, which he already sold, probably plagiarized an article by Adam Gopnik.
Yeah, but it was not even plagiarism, more like "summarizing." Or, if you prefer, "Not writing as well as Adam Gopnik."
UPDATE: Jonah Lehrer plagiarized Alison Gopnik in 2011, long before he pinched from Adam. The rare double-Gop-grab!
I puke into a recycling bin every time Adam Gopnik publishes, let alone every time he gets ripped off in a book proposal.
Yesterday, I reported that disgraced science journalist Jonah Lehrer had sold his new book on the power of love to Simon & Schuster. In a follow-up story last night, the New York Times quoted the book’s new editor, Ben Loehnen, about the project: “The wisdom and the skill on the page...
"It’s as if he’s washed his mouth with bromides." Jonah Lehrer book proposal on love: Did he plagiarize Adam Gopnik?
Good Lord. Did Jonah Lehrer plagiarize Adam Gopnik in his new book proposal?
.But did he have to plagiarize from Adam Gopnik? Isn't the existing Adam Gopnik more Adam Gopnik than we are worthy of?
It looks like "lifted" copy from Adam Gopnik in his new book proposal. I'm all for redemption, but he's not helping his case.
Jonah Lehrer just sold a new book to S&S. And it looks like he plagiarized Adam Gopnik in the proposal:
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Congrats to Simon and Schuster for buying Adam Gopnik's new book via Jonah Lehrer:
Well that was fast: looks like Jonah Lehrer's proposal "borrows" from Adam Gopnik. Same song, different verse?
.continues on the Lehrer beat: Finds similarities between book proposal and Adam Gopnik essay. yeesh.
Jonah Lehrer's book proposal borrows from Adam Gopnik, in some cases word-for-word. via
Of course Jonah Lehrer would plagiarize Adam Gopnik. Looking forward to his next book, on how the world is flat.
"Of all the amazing things the mind does, the most amazing may be that it can take sound and turn it into music, and then take music and turn it into meaning" ~Adam Gopnik
In Florida crime fiction, as Dave Barry, a late-arriving practitioner, puts it, a bunch of “South Florida wackos” blunder through petty crime, discover themselves engaged in actual murder, and then move in unconscious unison toward the black comedy of a violent climax.
I love coming home and finding great new books in the Little Free Library. Just in...Headhunters by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. It is described as a funny, dark and twisted caper reminiscent of the Coen brothers. We were addicted to Nesbo's Harry Hole crime novels last year while we were travelling. As well, The Table Comes First: family, France, and the meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik. Gopnik is a writer for the New Yorker who spent five years with his family living in Paris. He wrote a book called Paris to the Moon about this experience - check out your local public library for that one! Finally...The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love...but let's not hold that against her. The Last American Man is about Eustace Conway who left his suburban existence at the age of seventeen to live in the wild of the Appalachian Mountains - twenty years later, he's still there. These long Yukon evenings are perfect for pouring a glass of wine, grabbing a new book and enjoying the won ...
Adam, his son Luke, and his daughter Olivia (of Charlie Ravioli fame) around the time the story takes place. Photo Read More»
MALCOLM GLADWELL, international best-selling author of TIPPING POINT (360+ WEEKS ON THE NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST), BLINK AND OUTLIERS, is a brilliant speaker on intuition, how people succeed and the transmission of ideas throughout society. He is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine...
"We know the cruelest of fanatics by their exceptionally clear consciences." Adam Gopnik
With exam season a little over a month away, Adam Gopnik looks ahead with dread to that painful moment when his children leave the family home.
Hey writers, particularly writers who are (or have been) academically inclined: Can you recommend any really compelling, well-written academic articles? I'm putting together a syllabus and would love your input. Rebecca Steinitz Sheryl Kaskowitz I'm thinking of you?
Sermon preview for Sunday: Are you looking for a formula for your spiritual life? What if there is no formula, no recipe, only relationship?
When Rob Ford burst onto word stage two weeks ago like the plump kid in Hook barreling down a rickety gangplank, it aroused a certain interest in Torontonians. Like dorks trying to catch the eye of the cool kid at a school dance, we all slicked back our eyebrows and straightened our neckties as the…
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Adam Gopnik on Toronto's scandalized mayor, Anthony Weiner and Shakespeare: "Falstaff is fun, but never let him anywhere near power."
“Wine takes us from the world and coffee restores us to it again. In between, we eat.” A description of the structure of a restaurant meal from The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik
When the first Harry Potter book appeared, in 1997, it was just a year before the universal search engine Google was launched. And so Hermione Granger, that charming grind, still goes to the Hogwarts library and spends hours and hours working her way through the stacks, finding out what a basilisk i...
"It has never been easier to be a writer, and it has never been harder to be a professional writer... And yet writers still suffer, because writing still matters." - Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker
NYC obsessives... Micropolis: Mapping Love, Hate & Loss in Manhattan -- w/ Adam Gopnik and
What's with this city, that we endlessly dissect it, glorify it, wonder how exactly we fit into it? It's such a strange, narcissistic thing to do but it's kind of irresistible too. So the other day I went on a walk with Becky Cooper, the author of a new book, 'Mapping Manhattan,' and Adam Gopnik of…
Boy am I glad that I asked for his opinion on that idiotic Adam Gopnik piece. Hope to do similarly vs. Gopnik on PKD.
Some academic luminaries will grace the stages at McGill University’s various convocation ceremonies this spring.
I'm sharing the stage tonight with Garrison Keillor, Adam Gopnik + Richard Price Ball. My bit is only 1 min. but I'm bugging out!
"Adam Gopnik among recipients of honorary degrees from
Judith Butler, Nana Mouskouri, Adam Gopnik to get honorary doctorates at McGill convocation
What do Adam Gopnik and Nana Mouskouri have in common? handing out honorary degrees
Among the 12 to receive honorary degrees from McGill this spring are Adam Gopnik and Nana Mouskouri:
"A guru gives us himself and then his system; a teacher gives us his subject, and then ourselves" -Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik looks back on the work of Ray Harryhausen, a legendary filmmaker and titan of special effects:
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Adam Gopnik on Ray Harryhausen and the Expressively Imperfect World via
What’s really startling about National Geographic, as one passes from year to year, is not a hidden salaciousness but the repetition of characteristic juxtapositions. The magazine perfected the coupling of the very old seen from on high with the very near seen from up close. In the early part of the...
"..a poem knows itself better than we can know it, but..we know our own minds better after we've read it than we did before." ~ Adam Gopnik
... Seventeen is read by 12 year olds, and no playboy has ever read Playboy." - Adam Gopnik (New Yorker piece on NatGeo's back issues.)
Our celebration of Proust continues with Adam Gopnik: "[There is] so much pure Charlie Brown in the narrator’s voice"
Finally finished Adam Gopnik's "The Table Comes First". Good in many parts but also felt forced and joyless
I just bought: 'Paris to the Moon' by Adam Gopnik via
...historical criticism...too often spends its time hectoring the dead about not having seen things as we do now. - Adam Gopnik
A tear-jerker in the most beautiful way: The pain when children fly the nest by Adam Gopnik
I wrote about audiences, class, and "New Canadian Myth." Also, Adam Gopnik and Stratford ON.
Adam Gopnik on parental love. it's infinite. BBC News - A Point of View: The pain when children fly the nest
People clown on Adam Gopnik but I think he's great. Another tick in the column of my burgeoning vanilla-liberal comfort zone I guess.
The Empty Nester: Adam Gopnik is about to be one: What I wonder about is why we love our children so asymmetri...
More books that arrived this week: Adam Gopnik's 'Paris to the Moon', 'Through the Children's Gate' and 'Angels and Ages' (lost my 1st copy)
This short piece on parenthood and kids leaving by Adam Gopnik might be my favorite of his:
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Adam Gopnik on the "sad mystery of mastery" (explained via The Turk, itself an excellent story)
I've enjoyed Adam Gopnik on POV. I'm right in assuming it's secular thought for the week, right?
Adam Gopnik: A hundred and twenty-five years of National Geographic. via
Today I read a piece in the by Adam Gopnik on National Geographic. Insightful and fab long-read:
Shakespeare Slam: Torquil Campbell and Adam Gopnik debate and performs via
Torquil Campbell, Adam Gopnik and Jian Ghomeshi discuss whether Shakespeare was a pop artist on yesterday's Q.
"The pile in your grandparents' garage was not just anticipated; it was planned" - Adam Gopnik on National Geographic in the New Yorker
Every magazine is addressed to a readership for whom what the magazine presents as attained is in truth aspirational. ~ Adam Gopnik
A heroic figure is just a neurotic who fights it. - Adam Gopnik, "Wonderland" (on Lewis Carroll)
- every woman sees herself as the only reasonable creature among crazy people who think they are disinherited monarchs. - Adam Gopnik
Shakespeare Slam: Torquil Campbell and Adam Gopnik debate what makes the Bard's work pop
Adam Gopnik on parental love, a beautiful read
First Stratford Forum a great success. Wonderful debate between Adam Gopnik and Torquil Campbell on Shakespeare as pop. Congrats
Interesting piece by Adam Gopnik on terrorism and the Boston bombers. Sounds like an expert to me.
08:50 A Point of View: Adam Gopnik reflects on the terrible day when children leave home.
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Brilliant. Adam Gopnik on the need to value "debate over dogma"- and Gopnik on the Nat Geo.
Adam Gopnik on "The pain when children fly the nest".
Hey Bets! Here's a column by Adam Gopnik that will break your heart (did mine)
There are many good lines in Adam Gopnik's New Yorker story, but the best line is a quote from A.J. Liebling:
Adam Gopnik about what it is we in the media all did for the last 48 hours.
.Adam Gopnik's insightful take on the response to, coverage of the events in Boston, the brothers.
Adam Gopnik on Boston & the 'hysterical & insular overreaction that allowed it become the sole national narrative'
The ever-brilliant Adam Gopnik on events in Boston and how they were portrayed:
I have turned them off.. Adam Gopnik has a great article on the New Yorker site on the situation in Boston ..
Looking for a journalist with more than half a brain, I've found Adam Gopnik, thanks to Stephane Janson.
That previous quote from this piece by the always thought-provoking Adam Gopnik
Interesting take by Adam Gopnik on Boston terrorism, & media via
Adam Gopnik: "You couldn’t help separate thinking about terrorism from thinking about the way we represent it."
"BBC News - A Point of View: Science, magic, and madness" Adam Gopnik always a good read
Adam Gopnik in "What terrorists want is to terrify people; Americans always oblige."
Do you listen to Adam Gopnik's Point of view on Radio 4?
Malcolm Gladwell’s hand-drawn Map (& now I know where Adam Gopnik lives)
"Science demands heroic minds, not heroic morals. It’s one of the things that make it move." Adam Gopnik on Galileo
I love that Adam Gopnik's house made the map. Details.
“Maps are the places where memories go not to die but to live forever.”—Adam Gopnik on maps
…to keep other philosophers from thinking twice before they say anything inflammatory? (Adam Gopnik,
Oh, Adam Gopnik. I do adore you. "Lust, laughter, loyalty" > A Point of View: Is there a secret to a happy marriage?
“Anyone who tells you their rules for a happy marriage doesn’t have one.” Adam Gopnik on Darwin's list
Adam Gopnik on "Is there a secret to a happy marriage?" finds a wife is better than a dog
"The sad mystery of mastery: We always over-estimate the space between the uniquely good & the very good"~Adam Gopnik
An elegant essay from Adam Gopnik, on the three interlocking keys to a happy marriage.
Adam Gopnik on how strong the case is for the correlation between lax gun laws and gun deaths. .
A fantastic Talk of the Town piece by Adam Gopnik on ANDRE GREGORY in The New Yorker! Opens Wed
Adam Gopnik's nonpareil take on what make marriage work.
"Happy marriages... are made up of a steady, unchanging formula of lust, laughter and loyalty." - Adam Gopnik
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