Archive for September, 2012

Florence Williams takes the measure of modern breasts

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“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 […]

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Special TON event: A conversation with David Quammen

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UPDATE: The (free) tickets for this event are gone — though we’ll have a few at the door. But thanks to the  generosity of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, we’ll be video-recording the event and posting the full video here. Sincerest thanks to BWF’s Russ Campbell for helping us arrange this! *** See if you can […]

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Ask TON: Is this draft too long?

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  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, […]

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