Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He previously earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College. His Study Hacks blog, which chronicles his attempts to decode “patterns of success,” attracts more than 100,000 unique visitors a month. His fourth book, SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, is now available from Grand Central/Business Plus.
THE 10 QUESTIONS
- What is your favorite word? Astonishing
- What makes you laugh? The Zucker Brothers
- What makes you cry? Onions
- What is your favorite guilty pleasure? The Zucker Brothers
- What city or country would you most like to visit? The Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina
- What was your favorite childhood book? My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
- What is your favorite sitcom, past or present? The Simpsons
- What is your favorite magazine? The New Yorker
- What was your favorite movie of the past year? Jiro Dreams of Sushi
- If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Some sort of control over time.
- Hometown: Pennington, NJ
- Birthday: June 23
- Middle name: Charles
- Website: CalNewport.com
- Blog: Study Hacks
- How He Found His Agent: The acknowledgments of a Jeffrey Fox book.