The Intersection

I have had a very, very good September.

I traveled across the country, and back, twice (with offset credits for my carbon). I gave fifteen speeches, to (I would guess) over a thousand people in total. At many of my stops I made new friends, or was able to get reacquainted with old ones. I even got to speak in the Phoenix area where I was born, where my mother grew up, with three of my uncles in the audience.

I did umpteen radio interviews, and even caused a radio station to fold (that’s the interpretation if you’re superstitious, anyway). I signed probably hundreds of books. I had not one, but two, parties thrown for me. One here in D.C. at Science Club, and a private book party held in New York by Seed. Both were big successes.

I received a science award from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. I got attacked by the Discovery Institute. I watched a book come out about my book.

On top of all that, I turned 29.

As I’m sure you can gather from all of this, I have been having entirely too much fun lately–and that has to come to an end with the onset of October. You see, I have a hurricane book that now requires my assiduous attention. I wish I could just cancel sleep or something and keep on talking about the “war on science” while also bringing the other book across the finish line over the next several months. But it just isn’t possible. Throughout my twenties I’ve been over-extended in one way or another, but I’ve finally learned the hard way this year that there are real limits to what I can do. (Which totally sucks.)

So, here’s the story: I plan to go under, leaving this blog untended, for about a month. That’s to make sure that I get a lot done. I don’t know yet exactly what I’m going to do with the time, but probably boring stuff–sitting in a room acting like a desk reporter, and then staying up late at night writing. I suspect it will be easy to spot me at Tryst in Adams Morgan.

Granted, if the need arises, I might do something more creative–like fly out to Flagstaff, Arizona to sequester myself again for a week, as I did back in May. That was very productive. Don’t worry: If I go, I’ll make sure I’m covering my CO2.

However, for those of you who are really, really going to miss me, it turns out that I am going to be reappearing at the end of October for nothing less than four talks in four days:

Friday, October 27

4:15 PM-5:45 PM

National Association of Science Writers

Fall 2006 Annual Meeting

Tremont Grand Meeting Facility

Tremont Plaza Hotel

Baltimore, MD

Saturday, October 28

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Ave.

Raleigh, NC 27607

Sunday, October 29

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Regulator Bookshop

720 Ninth Street

Durham, NC 27705

Monday, October 30

Duke University

Details to Come

Durham, NC

And then two days later there’s another talk:

Wednesday, November 1

4:30 PM-5:45 PM

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Details to Come

St. Mary’s, MD

And then, I’m also in Orlando, Florida, on November 9, for a talk in the morning (yes, that’s am):

7:30- 9:00 am

The Westin Grand Bohemian

for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando

Tickets available at

So while I may be disappearing, it won’t be for that long, and I’ll be popping up again before you know it.

Incidentally–even though no one who knows me well really believes it–I seriously intend to be much more balanced and sane about my schedule and workload in 2007….


  1. #1 Abel Pharmboy
    September 30, 2006

    More details on Chris’ talk at Duke University Medical Center:

    Monday, October 30th
    12 noon-1 PM
    “Science Friction: When Science and Politics Collide”
    Duke University Medical Center
    Duke Center for the Study of Medical Humanities and Ethics
    Room 2002, Duke North Lecture Hall

    Locals can contact me for further information.

  2. #2 Doc Bill
    October 1, 2006

    I remember 29. It came somewhere after 21 and before 50.

    Chris, check the warranty on your knee. I think it’s somewhere between 29 and 30. The extended warranty plan is well worth it.

  3. #3 John Farrell
    October 2, 2006

    Coming to Boston any time soon? The paperback of my book just came out…(but I’ll be lucky if I get on even one radio show)…


  4. #4 John Thomas
    October 2, 2006

    Enjoy your struggle with deadlines, Chris.

  5. #5 Big Head Rob
    October 3, 2006

    See you in November, Chris. Write your ass off through Halloween.

  6. #6 Chris Mooney
    October 3, 2006

    Hey John,
    I always come back to Boston eventually. In fact, it has been too long. Does anyone have any good ideas about places in Boston where I should be speaking? This constantly comes up, people saying, when will you next be in Boston? The answer is, as soon as I get a good invite (though I probably can’t do an event until 2007)…

  7. #7 Emanuel Goldstein
    October 24, 2006

    Of course, all this activity still does not qualify you as a SCIENTIST, Chris.

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