Q&A With July’s Featured Editor: Aviv Zalcenstein
Aviv Zalcenstein is an associate in Goodwin’s New York office.
BMW: What is something you have done, or been a part of creating, that you are most proud of?
Aviv: When I was an undergraduate in college, I played with the NYU Community Orchestra. In my freshman year, we brought in a guy by the name of DJ Radar who had written a Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra. He had rigged a couple of turntables to play single notes and then varied the pitch by adjusting playback speed. Nothing actually ever came of this – the concert never went forward for reasons that I don’t fully understand to this day. But it’s still a great story to tell at parties.
BMW: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?
Aviv: After undergoing a surgical procedure to fix a problem that I was having with my heart, I learned that life is too short to stress over stuff that you will look back on later and wonder why you even cared. This has helped me take a pretty even-keeled approach to problems at work and in life that have arisen since then. The second most important lesson I have learned is that heart surgery is ludicrously expensive and never to be without health insurance.
BMW: If you could make one rule that everyone must follow, what rule would you make?
Aviv: I would abolish those absurd social media posts that have hand clapping emojis in between every word. Who started this? Why is it a thing? It grinds my last gear. Also, I would probably ban all social media. This way, if people really want to spoil Westworld for me, they have to pick up a phone and say spoilers to my face.
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