Today's guest, Rebecca Coffey, is a novelist, science journalist, and humorist. She contributes regularly to Scientific American and Discover magazines. She blogs on assorted subjects including sexuality, relationships, social media, and psychology for Psychology Today, and is a frequent contributor to Vermont Public Radio’s drive-time commentary series. Her humor has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus and other literary magazines. Rebecca lives in Vermont.
Rebecca was in Chicago promoting her novel, Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story, and stopped by for a chat on her way to Women & Children First Bookstore. We chatted about breaking the rules of journalism, Sigmund Freud's favorite punch lines, and how she found a niche writing bizarre science stories.
In Rebecca's words:
"Science writing is fun because the story isn't always obvious. When you get an assignment, if you were just to come back with the facts, you wouldn't get a second assignment. You really have to find t