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Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Sentimental Re-education: Luke & Olivia, Adam & Martha, New York & Paris.

Adam Gopnik is one of my favorite writers. Several years back I overheard someone in a bookstore in the West Village talk about a book by a New Yorker writer.
The book was "From Paris to the Moon" by Adam Gopnik. I bought it soon after and read it very slowly, as I do with every book I love -- extending the pleasure, staying in the world of the book a little longer.
Adam Gopnik's writings while popular are not for everyone. Some find Mr. Gopnik's work self-centered, pretentious, long winded and exclusive. Particularly the latter I find unfair. Yes, not everyone gets to make a living writing for the New Yorker and do so from Paris when they decide they need a change of scenery, but Adam Gopnik absolutely revels & appreciates the mundane and values what he has. And while it appears acceptable to show off one's material wealth, display of intellectual prowess is regarded with disdain and often greeted with sneers and mistrust (the current US election reflects this trend clearly). This utterly perplexes me.
It is easy to write about culture and be divisive, but Adam Gopnik observes and analyses always with tenderness & affection. His writings are a balanced record of the universal & the differences.

Below are three videos of Adam Gopnik speaking with Charlie Rose first about "Paris to the Moon" and later about "Through the Children's Gate" -- a collection of stories about life in New York.


courtesy The Charlie Rose Show


courtesy The Charlie Rose Show


courtesy The Charlie Rose Show

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