Masters at Work

Masters at Work is an inspiring and informational series dedicated to explaining various careers to those wanting an honest, in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like—written by an acclaimed journalist. These guides offer fascinating stories and anecdotes from real practitioners in the field, imparting practical knowledge about how to pursue a career in a chosen field and the risks and rewards of the jobs we long to have.

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About the Authors

Tom Chiarella

Tom Chiarella is a Professor Emeritus of English at DePauw University and longtime writer for Esquire where he profiles celebrities, athletes, and political figures and pens two columns for Golf and Influence. He’s also a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and Chicago Magazine. He has also written for Golf DigestOutside, Wired.com, BleacherReport.com, Elle UKFashion (Canada), Euroman, and Mr. Porter. He lives with his family in Bainbridge, Indiana. He’s the author of Foley’s LuckThursday’s Game, Writing Dialogue, and Becoming a Real Estate Agent.

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Boris Kachka
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Boris Kachka

Boris Kachka is a contributing editor for New York magazine, where he has written and edited pieces on literature, publishing, and theater for more than a decade. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Virginia Morell

Virginia Morell is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine and is also a contributing correspondent to Science. She’s written for SmithsonianDiscoverThe New York Times MagazineInternational WildlifeAudubonSlateOutside, and other publications. She and her husband, fellow writer Michael McRae, live in Ashland, Oregon on the edge of the Siskiyou Mountains, where they hike every day with their farm collie, Buckaroo.

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Gary Rivlin
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Gary Rivlin

Gary Rivlin, an investigative reporting fellow at The Nation Institute, is a former New York Times reporter and the author of five books, including Katrina: After the Flood and Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, GQ, and Wired, among other publications.

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