Adam Gopnik: The Mystery of Mastery
Chair: Francesca Specter
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Decades of writing bestselling books and award-winning essays has seen Adam Gopnik take on myriad topics. But recently a question obsessed him: how did the people he was writing about learn their outlandish skill, whether it was drawing a nude or baking a sourdough loaf?
In The Real Work the long standing New Yorker writer apprentices as a boxer, a dancer and a driving instructor and other roles he’d assumed beyond him. He finds that learning a skill is a process of methodically breaking down and building up, and that the key, in any field, is mastering other people’s minds.
In Association with The Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University
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Adam Gopnik is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has won three National Magazine awards, the George Polk Award and the Canadian National Magazine Award Gold Medal. He is a regular guest speaker for radio, television, film and lecture series,including BBC Radio 4's 'A Point of View'. The author of numerous bestselling books, including Paris to the Moon, he lives in New York City.
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Francesca Specter is the writer of The Shoulds – an online, reader-funded publication exploring the hidden rules & stories that shape our lives. She’s also the author of Alonement, a Times book of the year 2021, and host of an award-nominated podcast of the same name – now in its eighth season. Image cr. SEBC Photography
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