William Finnegan


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William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has won several awards for his journalism and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his work "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life."

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

4.22 avg rating — 17,505 ratings — published 2015 — 30 editions
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Climbing with Mollie

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Cold New World: Growing Up ...

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A Complicated War: The Harr...

4.05 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1992 — 3 editions
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“The particulars of new places grabbed me and held me, the sweep of new coasts, cold, lovely, dawns. The world was incomprehensibly large, and there was still so much to see. Yes, I got sick sometimes of being an expatriate, always ignorant, on the outside of things, but I didn't feel ready for domestic life, for seeing the same people, the same places, thinking more or less the same thoughts, each day. I liked surrendering to the onrush, the uncertainty, the serendipity of the road.”
William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

“I felt the weight of unmapped worlds, unborn language.”
William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

“In a recent interview, he compared himself to surfers: “What are they doing this for? It’s just pure. You’re alone. That wave is so much bigger and stronger than you. You’re always outnumbered. They always can crush you. And yet you’re going to accept that and turn it into a little, brief, meaningless art form.”
William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

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