On Tuesday, I posted here an excerpt of a longer transcript of an interview I did with author David Quammen recently about his writing. We covered the blessings of scissors and notebooks, the complexity of viruses and deadly diseases, the dangers of staring open-mouthed at bats, the nuances of narrative strategy, and that special moment when you suddenly realize you have army ants in your pants.
That curated, edited transcript was posted in full at The Open Notebook — but it represented only a about a third of the full interview. TON has now posted the video of the entire interview, which took place before a live audience at a TON event at the National Association of Science Writers meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina last October. You can view it here at Neuron Culture (that’s it above) — but it’s better over at TON, because a) you can watch it full screen, b) you’ll have handy links to lots of other TON goodness, and c) you can hit TON’s tip jar to express your appreciation. In that support you’ll be joining the esteemed folks at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, who made a huge difference with a generous grant. .
In any case, enjoy the interview. Quammen is as riveting and smart live as he is on the page.