Adam Gopnik Essayshark

  • Cultural Comment

    Open Letter to a Friend in Paris

    Our amnesia about terrorism may be a kind of intelligent, subversive demonstration of its final impotence.

    By Adam Gopnik

    November 20, 2015
  • Cultural Comment

    The Awkward Age

    For hundreds, even thousands, of years, fathers have said “Inappropriate!” and sons have said “Awkward!”

    By Elif Batuman

    September 9, 2014
  • Cultural Comment

    The Conscientiousness of Kidspeak

    The language of adolescents is an instance of compression in balance with concision. What sounds limited to the outsider is as nuanced as Henry James.

    By Adam Gopnik

    July 20, 2014
  • The Mail

    A Thousand Words

    A letter in response to Adam Gopnik’s article (April 22, 2013)
  • The Mail

    Morals, God, and Galileo

    A letter in response to Adam Gopnik’s article (February 11 & 18, 2013)
  • The Mail

    Morals, God, and Galileo

    A letter in response to Adam Gopnik’s article (February 11 & 18, 2013)

Adam Gopnik, a staff writer, has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, profiles, and reported pieces from abroad. He was the magazine's art critic from 1987-1995, and the Paris correspondent from 1995-2000. From 2000 to 2005, he wrote a journal about New York life. His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include “Paris to the Moon,” “The King in the Window,” “Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York,” “Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life,” “The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food,” and “Winter: Five Windows on the Season.” Gopnik has three National Magazine awards, for essays and for criticism, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lectures widely, and, in 2011, delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures. His first musical, “The Most Beautiful Room In New York," opened in 2017 at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven.

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