Maria Konnikova

Welcome to my blog. I’ll do my best to update it regularly (or semi-regularly, at the least…) with news, writing updates, and other assorted thoughts. Read, enjoy, and please share your thoughts and comments. If you’re looking for psychology pieces at the New Yorker, you can find them here. If you’re looking for my old blog about literature and psychology, Literally Psyched, you can find it here.

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Unfilmable books, on NPR’s Morning Edition

November 21, 2012

Yesterday, I spoke with Elizabeth Blair on NPR’s morning edition about unfilmable novels (I’d written a piece on the topic for The Atlantic back in October). I really enjoyed our conversation – but the most exciting part to me was that I had a chance to be on air with David Mitchell, one of my favorite contemporary writers. I only wish that I’d had a chance to meet him in person.

I’ve actually yet to see Cloud Atlas the movie; I must admit, I’m stalling because of my love for the book. I’m too afraid of being disappointed. That’s actually something Elizabeth and I discussed during our conversation, though it didn’t make it to the final cut: how do you approach the films of books that you’ve loved? Do you avoid them for fear of ruining a dear mental image–or do you embrace them on their own terms? It depends on the film and the book in question, of course, but it’s always an interesting conundrum. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And a related question: have you ever read a book after loving the movie? And if you have, were you ever disappointed?

listen to the NPR segment here

Lifehacker interview on Sherlock Holmes

November 19, 2012

Last week, I spoke with Lifehacker’s Thorin Klosowski about Sherlock Holmes, deduction, and observation, as part of the site’s Spy Week series. The result is this article, How to Develop Sherlock Holmes-Like Powers of Observation and Deduction.

I think Thorin did a great job summarizing our conversation, and I hope you enjoy the piece!

MASTERMIND gets a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly

November 5, 2012

I’m excited to share this early, starred review of MASTERMIND, from Publisher’s Weekly. A one-sentence excerpt: “Not for Baker Street Irregulars alone, this fascinating look at how the mind works—replete with real-life case studies and engaging thought experiments—will be an eye-opening education for many.”

You can read the full review here.