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Patrick Bringley
Patrick Bringley
Author of All the Beauty in the World, former museum guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Talk soon,
Sam

Hi, thanks for having a look.

On my mind

I’d be happy to talk about art, museums, the writing process, this great big mysterious existence of ours, and whatever else.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

Oh, I love talking with readers. Are you kidding? That’s why we do this. You write a book in solitude, and it’s amazing to think total strangers are devoting hours to your work in a quiet room somewhere. Actually speaking to those people is a joy.

Also!

I’m working on a new book and adapting All the Beauty in the World into a play.

Best wishes,

Patrick

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All the Beauty in the World

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me

Millions of people climb the grand marble staircase to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. But only a select few have unrestricted access to every nook and cranny. They’re the guards who roam unobtrusively in dark blue suits, keeping a watchful eye on the two million square foot treasure house. Caught up in his glamorous fledgling career at The New Yorker, Patrick Bringley never thought he’d be one of them. Then his older brother was diagnosed with fatal cancer and he found himself needing to escape the mundane clamor of daily life. So he quit The New Yorker and sought solace in the most beautiful place he knew.

To his surprise and the reader’s delight, this temporary refuge becomes Bringley’s home away from home for a decade. We follow him as he guards delicate treasures from Egypt to Rome, strolls the labyrinths beneath the galleries, wears out nine pairs of company shoes, and marvels at the beautiful works in his care. Bringley enters the museum as a ghost, silent and almost invisible, but soon finds his voice and his tribe: the artworks and their creators and the lively subculture of museum guards—a gorgeous mosaic of artists, musicians, blue-collar stalwarts, immigrants, cutups, and dreamers. As his bonds with his colleagues and the art grow, he comes to understand how fortunate he is to be walled off in this little world, and how much it resembles the best aspects of the larger world to which he gradually, gratefully returns.

In the tradition of classic workplace memoirs like Lab Girl and Working Stiff, All The Beauty in the World is a surprising, inspiring portrait of a great museum, its hidden treasures, and the people who make it tick, by one of its most intimate observers.

“Exquisite . . . A beautiful tale about beauty. It is also a tale about grief, balancing solitude and comradeship, and finding joy in both the exalted and the mundane.”

The Washington Post Book World

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