In his latest story for the New Yorker, staff writer Adam Gopnik explores the science behind the human experience of music. It all started when Gopnik realized a profound difference in the way he and his teenage children listen to music. While Gopnik and his peers grew up solemnly listening to long-form LPs on superb stereo systems, his kids "snatch at" smaller bits of music via earbuds and laptops. As he told Soundcheck's John Schaefer: "I would say, 'I can't listen to this on that lousy speaker on your computer!'"
A desire to understand this generational gap led Gopnik on a journey that spans rocket science, psychology and sociology, which he documents in his New Yorker piece, "Music To Your Ears: The Quest For 3-D Recording and Other Mysteries of Sound."
Gopnik describes visiting the lab of Edgar Choueiri, a rocket scientist determined to create a method of listening to sound in three dimensions. Choueiri allowed Gopnik to test out his “magic box” with a song of Gopnik’s choice: the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden.” The experience, says Gopnik, was thrilling.
“[He] plugged it in,” he recounts, “And suddenly, there it was, Keith Richards is stabbing away with a cigar in his mouth you could practically hear on my right, and Ronnie Wood was plucking away in that kind of syncopated way he does…. Mick Jagger was somewhere right in front of me, and Charlie Watts passively was keeping time right behind my head. I had been inserted into the center of the Stones. It was a startling, uncanny experience.”
Food is on all of our minds today, but how often do we really think about food? For Adam Gopnik, the answer is always. His latest book is "The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food."
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, food is on most of our minds. But for Adam Gopnik, author and staff writer for The New Yorker, this is nothing out of the ordinary. In his most recent book, The Table Comes First, Gopnik explores the meaning of food — in culture, in family, and in society.
Adam Gopnik has written frequently — too frequently, he laments — about the gun rampages that convulse America. “The killings will go on; the cell phones in the pockets of dead children will continue to ring; and now parents can be a little frightened every time their kids go ...
Andrew Blauner, editor of Central Park: An Anthology, is joined by two of the collection’s contributors—author Adam Gopnik and Doug Blonsky, the senior executive responsible for managing and overseeing the park. They talk about the 843 carefully planned acres of Central Park and how it has made an impression on the 38 million annual visitors and on the lives and work of a diverse array of writers.
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his latest book about food and how our ideas about food have been shaped. He revealed that he's a Justin Bieber fan and also told what his comfort foods are, even if he doesn't love the term itself.
Adam Gopnik talks about the meaning of food in our lives, from 18th-century to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food reveals that what goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table- families, friends, lovers coming together.
With days upon days of holiday cooking ahead of us, it's the time of year when you're most likely to consult a cookbook ... or give one to your mom. Julia Moskin, New York Times food writer, and Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, join us for our very own cookbook roundup. Gopnik also examines the larger purpose of the cookbook in the age of the internet.
Kurt Andersen talks about re-creations with Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon. Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He recently returned to New York after five years as the magazine’s Paris correspondent.
Host Kurt Andersen and special guest New Yorker critic Adam Gopnik discuss why artists, musicians and people from all walks of life choose to recreate artifacts from the past - on canvas, in the concert hall and on the battlefield. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about baroque music on original instruments and New Urbanist architect Andres Duany describes creating new towns from the layout of old cities. We also profile arts educator and philosopher Maxine Greene and contemplate the design of the Post-it note.
Host Kurt Andersen and special guest New Yorker critic Adam Gopnik discuss why artists, musicians and people from all walks of life choose to recreate artifacts from the past - on canvas, in the concert hall and on the battlefield. Cellist Yo Yo Ma talks about baroque music on original ...
Kurt introduces special guest New Yorker critic and author Adam Gopnik.