Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, became an international bestseller and has been translated into sixteen languages. Selected as one of the New York Times's ten best books of the year, The Rest Is Noise won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the Premio Napoli, and the Grand Prix des Muses, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ross has received honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music; in 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. His second book, Listen to This, appeared in 2010. He is now working on a book entitled Wagnerism. A native of Washington, DC, Ross lives in Manhattan and is married to the filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki.
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