Snail Mail

This past week I received two letters in the mail: one from my book club friend whom I’ve mentioned here previously, and one from a woman I interviewed for Nature with whom I correspond (ir)regularly. It’s surprising how pleasant it is to get snail mail. First there’s the envelope to admire: in this case one…

On Claiming Your PhD

I didn’t attend my PhD convocation. I barely finished the degree itself, as I was struck by a deep depression in my last year of research. This was exacerbated by my family doctor prescribing an antidepressant that had seriously unpleasant side effects, which she then suggested I stop taking immediately. The withdrawal symptoms lasted for…

Writing a Book (Part 2)

The past few months have been pretty busy. Then suddenly it all stopped, with the exception of one book review for Science. As I wrote last week, I’d been having a ‘high’ mood, so I was able to juggle a couple of deadlines and projects. But, as always happens after a high, I’ve now fallen…