Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On Science and Nature Writing

The most recent essay featured in the New York Times “Draft” series (December 9, 2013) on the art and craft of writing is entitled “The Science and Art of Science Writing,” written by Michelle Nijhuis :
 Nijhuis is the co-editor of The Science Writer’s Handbook: Everything you Need to know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age.”
The essay set my juices flowing.  Though I am not a scientist, I am married to one.  You might say our interests intersect in nature/science writing.  He is a geochemist who appreciates good writing on those topics, and I am a writer/editor who sometimes enjoys reading about them.
Two of our favorite writers are Elizabeth Kolbert and John McPhee, both of whom have essays published frequently by The New Yorker.  Here is a link to one of Kolbert’s recent articles, entitled "The Lost World":
John McPhee’s writing is not limited to nature/science writing.  He also writes wonderful essays in The New Yorker’s “The Writing Life” series.  One of them is entitled “Structure; beyond the picnic-table crisis”:

If you are interested in this type of writing, check out The Best American Science and Nature Writing, an annual publication (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.  The Best American Series).  The 2013 edition will be one of my husband’s Christmas presents.  Sh-h, don’t tell him!