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Montpelier, VT
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Write on sci & culture @ NY Times, NYNatGeo, Slate, PacificStand, Aeon, etal. Writing The Orchid & The Dandelion (Crown, eta ~2015).

David Dobbs's Biography

David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Slate, Wired.com, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for the Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," was selected by Jerome Groopman for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing a book, working title ...

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Sylvia Plath on nose-picking, and other readings

daviddobbs.net — Sylvia Plath picks her nose By Sylvia Plath, by way of Janet Malcolm. There are so many subtle variations of sensation. A delicate, pointed-nailed fifth finger can catch under dry scabs and flakes of mucus in the nostril and draw them out ot be looked at, crumbled between fingers, and flicked to the floor in minute crusts.

Sylvia Plath picks her nose. Eternal Beethoven. Instant cults. Lying shrimp. Honest bio.

tinyletter.com — The allure of Beethoven. By Alex Ross at The New Yorker. Above all, Beethoven shaped the identity of what came to be known as classical music. In the course of the nineteenth century, dead composers began to crowd out the living on concert programs, and a canon of masterpieces materialized, with Beethoven front and center.

When the drugs work. When novels don't. Clinical trials for the rich. Gluten? Godard.

tinyletter.com — When the drugs work. By Week Woman at Week Woman. After a couple of weeks on the medication, I started to feel a bit better. A bit more like "normal". But it wasn't until about 6 weeks in that suddenly it hit me that what I classified as "normal" was far from most people's experience.

NFL player sacks Gamergaters. The price of longform. Rwanda trolls U.S. Fish sex. The right stuff.

tinyletter.com — Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off. An NFL veteran and avid gamer reads the riot act to the misogynist Gamergate boys. By Chris Kluwe, aka @ChrisWarcraft, at Medium.

Ebola lessons from 1892. Hot Zone mythos. Grumpy people, a productive thaw, Hawaiian stars.

tinyletter.com — Is the Ebola outbreak - abnd our reaaction to it - unprecedented? Not at all. Please see cholera, 1892. By Howard Markel at The New Republic. Throughout September of 1892, thousands of immigrants and cabin class passengers were medically inspected and quarantined.

Miss Daisy lands

Christine Kenneally’s Rich, Rompy Read on Genes

daviddobbs.net — Of Christine Kenneally's father's father - a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished - she asks, "Did he leave anything more significant than the loud bang of a door shut down the generations?" Of course he did.

Christine Kenneally’s ‘Invisible History of the Human Race’

nytimes.com — Of Christine Kenneally's father's father - a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished - she asks, "Did he leave anything more significant than the loud bang of a door shut down the generations?" Of course he did.

Read2: Artful running, bad hygiene, crazy geology, insane hospital bills. Plus how to get a Nobel out of Fargo.

tinyletter.com — Nobody Knows What Running Looks Like. Apparently even Donatello and Da Vinci screwed this up. By Rose Eveleth at The Atlantic. To successfully run, a person swings opposite arms and legs. As the right leg goes forward, the right arm goes back, and vice versa.

Good garbage, big data, bad study, squishy memories. And an ugly, ugly intersection in Tallahassee.

tinyletter.com — What the Garbageman Knows About Egypt. Peter Hessler shows why he's one of John McPhee's favorite writers, at The New Yorker. Beautiful gritty story about a beautiful gritty city. In Cairo, my family lives on the ground floor of an old building, in a sprawling, high-ceilinged apartment with three doors to the outside.
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RT @Graham_Coop: This practice documented by @lpachter sounds pretty dubious, but for 72k/yr I might be willing to change my mind ;) liorpachter.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/to-…

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RT @criener: My kids this Halloween. Gotta be some joke I can't think of yet. A pirate, a Butterfinger and the Statue of Liberty. pic.twitter.com/gljyjOswy9

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RT @tcarmody: “You wrote for WIRED? Like, the MAGAZINE? You should put THAT in your Tinder” — I have misjudged what the women of Lansing find impressive

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RT @ucanrwater: Arsenic in drinking #water playing a role in increased heart disease risk nyti.ms/1vlDbTX from @deborahblum

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RT @rowhoop: "The future rests in many ways on hard days like this." #virgingalactic CEO on #Spaceshiptwo crash ow.ly/DEgcL



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