After 26 years at The New Yorker, he became chief editor at Random House, overseeing works by a raft of luminaries. He wrote a half-dozen well-received books of his own.
Maria Konnikova"We believe we make our choices, but no—they make us." RIP, Dan Menaker. Thank you for always supporting young writers, and for taking fresh-out-of-college me seriously when I had no idea what I was doing. I still have no idea, but that's not your fault.
Known professionally as the Amazing Randi, he dedicated his life to exposing seers who did not see, healers who did not heal and many others.
Maria Konnikova“These things used to be on the back of cornflakes boxes,” Randi, his voice italic with derision, once told Larry King. “But apparently some scientists either don’t eat cornflakes, or they don’t read the back of the box.” RIP, Amazing Randi
He was a senior CIA official tasked with getting tough on Russia. Then one night in Moscow, Marc Polymeropoulos's life changed forever. He says he was hit with a mysterious weapon, joining dozens of American diplomats and spies who believe they’ve...
Maria Konnikova"Is it so farfetched to imagine that the Russian government is inflicting potentially permanent brain damage on US government personnel? 'In general, the Russians have no compunction about doing this kind of thing. They don’t give a shit.'" By @juliaioffe
As the game enjoys a boom online, players ranging from grandmasters to preteens are getting caught ‘computer doping’
Maria Konnikova“I was a big fan of a certain cyclist and a part of me understands the pressure to succeed at all costs. At the same time I feel pain for other competitors ... Who will restore what was taken from them?”
My problems were never ones of scarcity. I suffered from abundance.
Maria Konnikova"Having someone who believed in my failure more than in my success kept me alert. It made me fierce. Without ever meaning to, my father taught me at an early age to give up on the idea of approval."
When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in.
Maria Konnikova"These are animals that can scent food seven times farther than a trained bloodhound, that can flip 300-pound stones with ease, and that can, when necessary, run in bursts of speed rivaling a deer’s."
Fetuses contain a robust bacterial metabolome, new research shows. The finding may offer key insights into evolution, and help administer vaccines earlier.
Maria Konnikova“The discovery that fetuses contain a robust bacterial metabolome (a complete set of metabolites) might suggest the potential for vaccines to be delivered in utero.” My sister, @LizaKonnikova, is brilliant. Clearly.