Columnist, NY Times
For nearly two years, I was the Innovation columnist for the New York Times Magazine. The job sent me on bizarre trek through the annals of invention. Why do we have an Escape key on our laptops? What does the history of the flip-flop have to do with racism? 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 >>>


- 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).

  • Cover story for NY Times Sunday Review: The Fat Drug was the #1 most-emailed and most-Tweeted story in the NY Times for a couple of days.

  • 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.