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What glitters in the net today

I’m ‘posed to be writing, really writing (insert argument over what’s really writing in comments), but hit so many juicy bits in my morning read today I wanted to share. Here’s my eclectic mix for the day: A great rompy scary post from @susanorlean on how her book bounced around many publishers and editors. Keith…

  A press release about Snails on methamphetamines works for me.  The story is about memory. The jokes are about snails:   Snail Joke #1 A turtle gets mugged by a gang of snails. Cop is interviewing the turtle afterwards, still at the scene. Turtle still flustered. Cop asks, “Just start at the beginning.” “I don’t know,” says…

I’ve been following a new birding blog lately, “The Daily Wing,” kept by Vermont bird guide, dragonfly follower, and writer Bryan Pfeiffer. It’s a nice mix of • birding how-to, with guidance both basic and intricate, such as his lovely entry on a bird-attraction technique he calls spishing (especially effective in winter): The woods were…

Satisfaction

Never thought I’d run an ad on my blog. But this is just so … satisfying. And quite pretty. My favorite part is when the dog’s feet leave the ground. h/t @taylordobbs

I was thrilled this morning to learn that this humble, erratic blog was named one of Top 30 Science Blogs by Eureka, the new monthly science magazine recently launched by the Times of London. I find myself among some most admirable company, including giants, longtime favorites of my own, and a few blogs new-to-me-but-presumably-really-good-anyway. Given…

I’m happy to announce that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, publisher of many a fine book over the decades, will be publishing “The Orchid and the Dandelion” (working title), in which I’ll explore further the emerging “orchid-dandelion hypothesis” I wrote about in my recent Atlantic story. (In brief, that hypothesis — a simple but deeply transformative amendment…

Charlie Houston, right, in 1936 with Pasang Kikuli (center) and British climbing legend Bill Tilman I used to do a bit of climbing and a lot of climbing reading — a deep and rich literature. If you read much about American climbing history, you’ll read about Charlie Houston, who made one of the most dramatic…

Maybe best argument yet for expanding the US rail system. I need to go here:

Hubbard Park, Montpelier, VT, 9/21/09. Via Neil Young Posted via email from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker

Ed Yong, echoed by Mike the Mad biologist PhysioProf asks what the heck investigative science journalism would look like. I hope to write more extensively on this soon. In the meantime, a few observations: To ponder this question — and to do investigative reporting — I think it helps to have a sense of the…