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Published: 2010-06-04T11:22:37-04:00

 



My greatest triumph!

2010-06-04T11:22:37-04:00

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

2010-05-20T20:19:39-04:00

On Forbes.com, 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!

2010-05-03T19:36:54-04:00

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

2009-12-03T16:47:34-05:00

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

2009-11-18T15:51:14-05:00

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



More on Quarterbacks

2009-11-18T10:37:20-05:00

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."

2009-11-17T14:29:41-05:00

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...



Underdogs

2009-05-13T08:22:38-04:00

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

2008-12-17T17:05:07-05:00

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

2008-12-16T17:23:11-05:00

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...