“I like to take people from ‘Ewww’ to ‘Fascinating!'” – Mary Roach
Mary Roach has been a hero of mine for a long time.
I was first introduced to her work when I was given Packing for Mars for christmas, back when I was looking for microbes from outer space.
While I was in grad school, I was interested in the human gut microbiome, and coincidentally that’s when Gulp came out – all about the Alimentary canal from your mouth to your butt. Including the latest work on fecal transplants.
Besides her many bestselling books, Mary has written pieces in such publications as Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Discover Magazine, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Wired.
I was thinking if there might be a formula for Mary’s books, which always end up bestsellers and award winners, and I realized that they mostly cover gross things that have to do with the human body.
The other hallmark of her work is her quirky sense of humor. She mentions with great joy meeting a saliva scientist names Spitz.
It is with great joy in the second half of the episode that I get to join Mary in brainstorming what her next book might be about!
I think you will find this episode full of amazing things about keeping soldiers alive that will fascinate and disgust you, and you will be drawn to Mary’s sense of curiosity and humor.
What you will learn in this episode:
-All about Mary’s writing process
-The latest in penis transplants
-Why the Army has fashion designers
-How Maggots are used to clean wounds
-Why diarrhea is such a problem
-The problem with military hearing protection
-How bomb proof vehicles work
“I like to take people from Eww to Fascinating” – Mary Roach
“I’ve lost all sense of embarrassment when asking for explanations” – Mary Roach
“Curiosity pushes away queasiness” – Mary Roach
“Wedding gowns are similar to bomb suits” – Mary Roach
“Adventure is stepping through a door – beyond which you don’t know what is out there” – Mary Roach
“Maggots are an FDA approved medical device” – Mary Roach
“Scientists are interesting people in general” – Mary Roach
“OMG there are 20 severed heads in this room” – Mary Roach
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Thanks Mary Roach!
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