Columnist, NY Times
Every week, more or less, the New York Times Magazine features a story about the history of a designed object. Recently, Pagan was named the regular columnist for this “Who Made That” page. The job has sent her on bizarre trek through the annals of innovation. What does the history of the flip-flop have to do with racism? Who collected the world’s first fingerprint? How did frozen eyeballs lead to the development of aviator sunglasses? Never fear, curious citizens of America, all those questions have been answered! Tennis Ball Hopper Tube Top Cigarette Filter Cubicle Fingerprints Olympic Rings Home Pregnancy Test

FAQPagan Kennedy is not a New Age cult, a punk band or a motorcycle gang.

The author of ten books, Pagan Kennedy has won numerous literary prizes. Her publishers include Viking Press, Simon & Schuster, and Bloomsbury. More >>>

Pagan has been a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The NYT Book Review, The Village Voice, Dwell, Details, Ms., Playboy, The Nation, Boston Magazine and The Boston Globe Magazine. More >>>


In 2009, Pagan was Dartmouth College’s visiting writer of nonfiction. She has also taught writing — both fiction and nonfiction — at the Warren Wilson MFA program, Boston College, Johns Hopkins, and many conferences and residencies.


- Fellowship, MIT Knight Science Journalism Foundation – Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow in creative nonfiction – Massachusetts Book Award Honor in Nonfiction – New York Times Notable of 2002 – Barnes & Noble Discover Award – Smithsonian Fellowship – shortlisted for the Orange Prize – Sonora Review Fiction prize – NEA Fellowship in fiction

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  • I’m currently working on a book about the science of successful invention. Questions I’m exploring: Who comes up with the best ideas? How do people imagine useful things that don’t exist? Why do some inventions seem to be “hidden in plain sight”? The book will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015 (inshallah).

  • How did Lambert M. Surhone have time to edit 100,000 books? Is he a man or a machine? In a New York Times Book Review essay, I explored the strange world of robot-books.

  • The cyborg in us all

    For the New York Times Magazine, I traveled to a hospital where patients are able to play video games with their thoughts.

  • “The Joy Lock Club” – My latest feature story for Boston Magazine.