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

Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick’s first book, the bestselling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, was a New York Times Notable Book. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Bolick writes for a variety of publications, including The New York TimesThe New RepublicThe Wall Street JournalCosmopolitanElle, and Vogue, and hosts “Touchstones at The Mount,” an annual interview series at Edith Wharton’s country estate, in Lenox, MA. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino and a columnist for The Boston Globe.

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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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John Colapinto

John Colapinto is an award-winning journalist, author, and staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has written about subjects as diverse as medicinal leeches, Sotheby’s auctioneer Tobias Meyer, fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Rick Owens, and Paul McCartney. He lives in New York City. Becoming a Neurosurgeon is his first book.

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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. He is the author of Hothouse and Becoming a Veterinarian.

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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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