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My greatest triumph!

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 11:22:37 -0400

Sorry. I can't resist. John Carson, a fellow runner from Canada, unearthed this photo from the archives of the Toronto Star. It's the finals of the 1500 meters at the Ontario 14-year-old championships, many many years ago. The runner on...

Drug Development

Thu, 20 May 2010 20:19:39 -0400

On, the drug industry analyst Avik Roy has written a comment on my piece "The Treatment" in last week's New Yorker. A few small points, in response. Roy is of the impression that that I believe we should abandon...

Speaking Tour!

Mon, 03 May 2010 19:36:54 -0400

I will be doing a short tour of the U.K. next week, speaking on a brand new mystery topic! I'll be in Edinburgh on Sunday May 9th, Oxford on the 10th, Manchester on the 11th and Newcastle on the 12th....

Pinker, Round Two

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 16:47:34 -0500

In Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, Steven Pinker responds to my description of him as occupying the “lonely ice floe of IQ fundamentalism”: What Malcolm Gladwell calls a “lonely ice floe” is what psychologists call “the mainstream.” In a...

Letting Igons be Igons

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:51:14 -0500

From "Blowing Up," by Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, April 22,2002

More on Quarterbacks

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:37:20 -0500

A few more thoughts on quarterbacks: There are two separate issues with respect to quarterbacks. The first is whether, historically, NFL teams have done a good job of predicting which college quarterbacks will succeed in the pros. Dave Berri and...

Pinker on "What the Dog Saw."

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:29:41 -0500

Steven Pinker reviewed my new book "What the Dog Saw," in the New York Times Book Review this past Sunday. I sent the following letter to the editor in response: It is always a pleasure to be reviewed by someone...


Wed, 13 May 2009 08:22:38 -0400

My latest New Yorker piece, on how David beats Goliath, is here. I've been very pleased with the reaction. I did want to respond, though, to a number of comments that have been made about the parts of the piece...

Brooks on Outliers

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 17:05:07 -0500

David Brooks wrote a very thoughtful column in the New York Times yesterday on "Outliers." Much of what he said was very flattering. I have just two comments in response. 1. Brooks argues that I "slight the centrality of individual...

Teachers and Quarterbacks

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:23:11 -0500

My latest New Yorker piece, "Most Likely to Succeed" is now up. A couple of additional thoughts. In some of the responses to the piece, I've seen some resistance to the idea that choosing NFL quarterbacks and choosing public school...