Archive for September, 2012

Florence Williams Takes the Measure of Modern Breasts

“For such an enormously popular feature of the human race,” writes Florence Williams in Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, “it’s remarkable how little we know about their basic biology.” Breasts make us mammals, says Williams, but they also seem to make us confused: Our theories about their enduring appeal are muddled, and our understanding […]

Special TON Event: A Conversation with David Quammen

See if you can watch the promotional video for David Quammen’s new book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (due in October, from Norton), without your pulse quickening. Then, if you’re planning to attend the ScienceWriters meeting in Raleigh on October 26-30, mark your calendars for The Meeting of the Davids—a public conversation between […]

Ask TON: Is This Draft Too Long?

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: How strictly do editors expect writers to stick to the “10% rule”? How far over the assigned word count is acceptable? Do editors appreciate seeing some of that extraneous material and consider it part of their job to sift through it, or […]

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