Anahad O’Connor is a reporter for The New York Times covering breaking national news and contributes the weekly column “Really?”—named for his favorite word in journalism—to the paper’s Science Times section. The author of Never Shower in a Thunderstorm, he lives in New York City.
Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Robert M. Sapolsky, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Feynman
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Great Gatsby, and my childhood encyclopedias.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Reading medical journals, jogging in Central Park, exercising, international travel, baseball.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Never give up.
What is your favorite quote?
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."-Thomas Paine
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Readers send me questions every week for my column, and I usually end up answering them in the pages of Science Times.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My column in Science Times, which I've had a lot of fun writing over the years.
Where do you write?
I write for the New York Times. Physically, I usually do my writing at my desk on the 3rd floor of the Times newsroom, overlooking our atrium garden.