Adam Gopnik (born August 24, 1956) is an American writer and essayist. He is best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker, to which he has contributed non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism since 1986.
Adam Gopnik (born August 24, 1956) is an American writer and essayist. He is best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker, to which he has contributed non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism previously 1986.
He is the author of nine books, including Paris to the Moon, Through the Children’s Gate, The King in the Window, and A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism. In 2020, his essay “The Driver’s Seat” was cited as the most-assigned piece of contemporary nonfiction in the English-language syllabus.
Gopnik was born to a Jewish relatives in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. His relations lived at Habitat 67. Both his parents were professors at McGill University; father Irwin was a professor of English literature and mother Myrna was a professor of linguistics.
Gopnik studied at Dawson College and subsequently at McGill University, earning a BA degree. At McGill, he contributed to The McGill Daily. He completed graduate show at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.
In 1986, he began his long link with The New Yorker with a fragment that would feint his unconventional range, a consideration of friends among baseball, childhood, and Renaissance art. He has written for four New Yorker editors: William Shawn, Robert Gottlieb, Tina Brown, and David Remnick.
Gopnik studied art records and once his buddy Kirk Varnedoe curated the 1990 High/Low show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He difficult wrote an article for Search Magazine on the link between religion and art and the compatibility of Christianity and Darwinism. He states in the article that the arts of human history are products of religious thought and that human conduct is not guaranteed by religion or secularism.
In 1995, The New Yorker dispatched him to Paris to write the “Paris Journals”, in which he described liveliness in that city. These essays were future collected and published by Random House in Paris to the Moon, after Gopnik returned to New York City in 2000. The collection became a bestseller on The New York Times Best Seller list.