Reading and Q&A with Ari Goldman
How did you come to write The Late Starters Orchestra?
When I have a life-changing experience, I like to share it. I did this with my first book, The Search for God at Harvard, about a year I spent at Harvard Divinity School, and I did it again with Living a Year of Kaddish, about saying the memorial prayer for my father. My coming out as a cellist at the age of 60 was one of the high points of my life. I decided to tell the story in The Late Starters Orchestra.
What are you currently reading?
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible, by Matti Friedman. It is an adventure story about a book.
Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
1. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. It is one of the most artfully crafted books I have ever read.
2. As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is a historical novel based on a character in the Talmud. The writer builds a world around a thin reed of a story.
Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?
Rabbi David Wolpe has a new book coming out on King David, David: The Divided Heart. I’m a fan of Wolpe and of David too!
What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
Right now, I’m working on my cello playing. One of the nice things about publishing The Late Starters Orchestra is that I get to play at book events with some friends from the orchestra. We’re looking forward to playing at Book Culture on October 1st!