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Museum Tourist: Charles Dickens Museum

Nowadays, most people’s encounter with Charles Dickens is probably not a voluntary one. I first had to read him in college, when Bleak House was assigned for a class in 19th century fiction. I don’t know that I would have … Continue reading

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Oz and Science

Today on The Last Word on Nothing: I recount some of the amusing glimpses of early-20th-century science you can get from reading an early-20th-century series of children’s books. It’s a series that a lot of people don’t realize is a … Continue reading

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Turning a Magazine Article into a Book

Today at The Open Notebook, I have a story about how to turn a magazine article into a book. Writing a book is the dream for a lot of journalists. If you get a big enough advance (or are independently … Continue reading

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Wine Got to France Early

I first learned what amphoras were from the pages of Asterix comic books. Ok, most of what I know about the ancient world comes from those books. If you don’t know Asterix the Gaul, you are missing out–he’s the hero … Continue reading

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Love my Livescribe Pen

I just realized I’d never pointed out a blog post I wrote months ago for the website of the Science Writers’ Handbook. I’ve raved on many occasions about my Livescribe pen, so the folks who are running the blog asked … Continue reading

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Book Coming Soon!

Things are heating up for The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age. I contributed two sidebars to this book, and I think it’s excellent–full of good, solid, practical advice about how … Continue reading

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Book on Gamboa

Much of what I know about the town where I went for my frog story came from the book Gamboa: A guide to its natural and cultural heritage. The book is thorough. Really thorough. It starts with the geology of … Continue reading

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Book Trailer

The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age has a trailer! Yep, this is the modern world, where books get trailers, just like movies. Except for instead of that guy who does … Continue reading

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Book News: The New Science Writers’ Handbook

I’m delighted to be a contributor to a book coming out next spring, called The New Science Writers’ Handbook: Telling Important Stories in a Noisy Age. It’s about how to do your job and not be miserable. My contribution to … Continue reading

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Smell and Memory

Sniff sniff. Sniff. Have you ever had that experience where you smell something and are whisked back in time to your childhood? A lot of people have. Proust wasn’t just making it up with the whole madeleine thing, you know. … Continue reading

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