My journalist friend and colleague David Goodman had me on his radio show “The Vermont Conversation” this past Wednesday, over at WDEV’s fine studios in Waterbury, Vermont, and we spent a few minutes discussing writing about science; my review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance; depression and neurology; and my mother’s lover. My segment starts shortly after the 2-minute mark and runs to about minute […]Continue reading →
Quick publicity note: Snap Judgment, the popular NPR story-telling show and podcast, has a segment this week in which I describe how I uncovered the story that became “My Mother’s Lover,” the Atavist story that became a #1 best-selling Kindle Single. You can find the Snap Judgment segment here. You can read the story itself […]Continue reading →
Even before I published “My Mother’s Lover” (free this month at The Atavist), I had learned that telling people of my mother’s long-hidden WWII lost love that many, many families hold big family secrets, and that such secrets often come out very late in the life of a principal. At a discussion of the story […]Continue reading →
The fabulous writing how-to site The Open Notebook recently asked a bunch of writers what their single best piece of writing advice was. My 58-second answer had to do with how to end a story:
Single Best Dobbs from The Open Notebook on Vimeo.
As I note in the interview, I picked up this nugget from Atavist co-founder Evan Ratliff, who suggested it to me while I was writing (and he editing) My Mother’s Lover, my account of my mother’s secret WWII romance, which went on to become a #1-selling Kindle Single.
This and much more writerly goodness is at The Open Notebook. .
The New York Observer today has an article on what new longform e-pub venues like the Atavist and Byliner offer writers like me: When the journalist David Dobbs first had the idea of writing an article about his mother’s love affair with a flight surgeon during World War II, he initially went the traditional route: […]Continue reading →
World War II inspired intense experimentation human and mechanical. My mother’s affair with a flight surgeon, for instance, was a personal experiment, more or less intentional, that was in turn part of a larger, accidental experiment in which millions of people were uprooted from their daily lives and dropped into intense situations with strangers. Much […]Continue reading →
The Open Notebook, begun last fall, interviews writers to see how they research and write longform nonfiction pieces. Its entries include conversations with Steven Silberman about writing about placebos, Slate’s William Saletan on memory, Robin Henig on anxiety, Hilary Rosner on scarce fish, and Carl Zimmer about inner ecosystems. I had the pleasure of talking with […]Continue reading →
A little slow compiling last month’s best-of, as I was traveling first to the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar, and then to Cairo, where I helped with a science writing workshop and saw Egypt’s past (the Egyptian Museum) and future (Tahrir Square). More on those later. Meantime, a quick look back at June’s […]Continue reading →
One of the pleasures of writing My Mother’s Lover, my recent Atavist story about my mother’s reverberant World War II love affair, was discovering how much the enhanced eBook format could add to longform narrative. Knowing the story would come out in both a media-rich iPad/iPhone/iTouch version and simpler Kindle and Nook versions, I wrote […]Continue reading →
The reception so far given “My Mother’s Lover,” my story at The Atavist of my mother’s WWII romance, has been immensely gratifying. Published late yesterday at Amazon, it shot by this afternoon to the #1 spot among Amazon’s Kindle Singles and 61st among all Kindle sales. “In uncovering and unraveling his family’s secrets, Dobbs draws […]Continue reading →