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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Elizabeth Greenwood
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Elizabeth Greenwood

Elizabeth Greenwood teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She is the author of Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud and Becoming a Yoga Instructor.

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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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Howie Kahn

Howie Kahn is a contributing editor for WSJ., the Wall Street Journal magazine; founding host of Prince Street, a food and culture podcast heard in more than two hundred countries; and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Sneakers. His work has appeared in more than three dozen publications, including GQWiredElle; and O, The Oprah Magazine. Kahn is the winner of a James Beard Award for food feature writing and a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program.

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Patrick Kuh

Patric Kuh, who started his career cooking in restaurants, is the author of The Last Days of Haute Cuisine, a history of the American restaurant business which won the James Beard Foundation’s award for writing on food. He was Los Angeles Magazine’s restaurant critic from 2000-2017, and the recipient of both the James Beard Award for best restaurant critic in America and the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award in 2011. Kuh has been published in GourmetBon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Saveur. 

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Glynnis MacNicol
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Glynnis MacNicol

Glynnis MacNicol is a writer and cofounder of The Li.st. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including Elle.com (where she was a contributing writer), The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, The Cut, Daily News (New York), W, Town & Country, The Daily Beast, mental_floss, and Capital New York. Her series of articles on the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn for Chase’s award-winning “From the Ground Up” package won a 2015 Contently Award. She is the author of the memoir No One Tells You This and the coauthor of There Will Be Blood, a guide to puberty, with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom. She lives in New York City.

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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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Lindsay Peoples Wagner

Lindsay Peoples Wagner is the fashion editor for New York magazine and The Cut. 

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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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Rosie Schapp

Rosie Schapp has written for The New York Times Magazine and npr.org, among other publications. She is the author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir. 

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Janelle Zara

Janelle Zara is a freelance art, design, and architecture writer based in Los Angeles. 

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