Posts Tagged ‘Dobbs’

Single Best: David Dobbs

Today we continue our series Single Best, where we ask top science writers and editors to give us their single best piece of advice, given or taken; or their single best idea, reporting trip or memorable experience. Here, science journalist David Dobbs explains how he found an ending to his e-book, My Mother’s Lover. Dobbs […]

David Quammen on Turning Research Into Story, Part II

Last week, we published the transcript of a discussion between David Dobbs and David Quammen that we sponsored at last year’s National Association of Science Writers meeting. Today, we present Part II of the conversation between the two Davids. Most of this interview took place by phone in early December. Dobbs: Where do you write? […]

Video: David Quammen Interview

On Tuesday, we posted an edited transcript of an interview that TON contributor and advisory board member David Dobbs conducted with author David Quammen. This conversation took place before a live audience at a TON event at the National Association of Science Writers meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina last October. Below is a video of the conversation in […]

David Quammen on Turning Research Into Story, Part I

David Quammen has been one of the world’s leading science writers for over a quarter century, with eight acclaimed nonfiction books, including the iconic The Song of the Dodo, as well as four novels. His new book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, gave us the excuse to interview him for TON—twice. Below […]

Ask TON: Planning Reporting

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I feel like I waste a lot of time when I’m reporting for feature articles—feeling hazy about what I’m aiming to learn, asking the wrong questions, having to go back and ask a lot of follow-up questions—not just a couple, but […]

(Free) Tickets to Quammen/Dobbs Event in Raleigh

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! *** As we mentioned last week, we’ll be […]

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 […]

Making the Leap from News to Books: Critical Questions

Authors of science books often begin as writers of science news. As a science journalist who is looking to write a book, I’ve become very curious as to how other science journalists made the leap forward. I suspected that the questions that go into books might be different from those that drive newspaper and magazine […]

How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot needs little introduction to most readers of The Open Notebook: Her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been a bestseller since its publication in February 2010, and she has toured the U.S. and Europe almost constantly since then talking about the book and the many issues of race, science, and privacy […]

Amy Harmon Follows a Young Autistic Man into the World

On September 18, 2011, the front page of the Sunday edition of The New York Times carried a story remarkable to find in any newspaper: a 7,300-word story that was almost all narrative. Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World, written by Times staffer Amy Harmon, followed a young autistic man named Justin […]

David Dobbs Deconstructs “My Mother’s Lover”

When journalist David Dobbs’ mother was dying, she shocked her children by asking that her ashes be spread in the waters off the coast of Hawaii, so that she could be with her former lover, “Angus,” who had been shot down over the Pacific in the last days of World War II. This unexpected request, […]

David Dobbs Examines a Provocative New Theory of How Genes Shape Behavior

In a story selected for The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2010, freelance science journalist David Dobbs explores the “orchid hypothesis”: the tantalizing idea that certain variants of some behavioral genes can either increase children’s risk for psychiatric and behavioral problems or enable them to flourish spectacularly. Moving from ornery toddlers to a troop […]

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