New York Times science writer Mary Roach
talks talked with Radio Lab’s Robert Krulwich tonight at Princeton University’s Friend Center 101 at 7 p.m.
Because I grew up with the smell of formaldehyde, I’ve long admired her for her best seller “Stiff,” which dissects the truth about human cadavers. She’s on tour now for Grunt: the curious science of humans at war.
Bon mots captured on my Twitter feed:
She positions herself as the ‘bottom feeder’ of science writers.
“Since I don’t have a science background I write (simply) for a roomful of me.”
To get her material, she said she does ‘random groping’ at start of her research and yes the word was deliberate.
“I don’t look for anything specific but I know when I find it’
Use vulgar words sparingly for best effect when you do use them, as in ‘A maggot breathes through it’s – ss’