December 3, 2009

Adam Gopnik: The most annoying New Yorker?


Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik

“He not only reveals that he keeps two clocks, one set to Paris time and one set to New York time, but name-drops in that fascinating, compulsive way some New Yorkers do, like they have Tourette’s but with boldfaced names.” That’s New York Magazine‘s Jessica Pressler on New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. About those name-drops, Pressler says she “counted seven, not including his wife and kids” in Gopnik’s most recent piece.

But never fear, says Pressler: “We don’t like to let ourselves get annoyed by Adam Gopnik. It’s like getting annoyed by traffic or long lines or Glenn Beck — if you allow it to bother you, you could spend the rest of your life pissed off and muttering to yourself.”

Kelly Burdick is the former executive editor of Melville House.