Live via Zoom:
Thursday, January 7, 7:30 PM ET
Tom Vanderbilt presents Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning
In conversation with Oliver Burkeman
Tom Vanderbilt, the best-selling author of Traffic and You May Also Like, presents his new book Beginners, a thought-provoking, playful journey into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age. Inspired by his young daughter’s insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Vanderbilt began a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. Along the way, he interviewed dozens of experts to explore the fascinating psychology and science behind the benefits of becoming an adult beginner. Weaving comprehensive research and surprising insight gained from his year of learning dangerously, Vanderbilt shows how anyone can get better at beginning again—and, more important, why they should take those first awkward steps. Beginners is about how small acts of reinvention, at any age, can make life seem magical. Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote and the forthcoming Four Thousand Weeks, joins Vanderbilt in a conversation perfect to kick off the new year!