In September, the Graduate Program in Science Writing spoke with Emily Anthes ’06 about her life and work since graduation. Emily is a freelancer, living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Scientific American Mind, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, Discover, New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Seed and more. She is the author of The Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind and writes the blog Wonderland for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blogs. Her website is http://emilyanthes.com.
GPSW: How do you find living and working in New York City, the Media Hub of the Universe?
Emily: It’s great. I always thought that I wasn’t the “New York Type,” but I’ve discovered, of course, that there is no one “New York Experience.” You can shape it to fit who you are. I live in Brooklyn, where I bump into writers (of all sorts) at every turn. Writing can be a lonely enterprise, but there are so many other writers in the city—and even in my neighborhood—that it creates a real sense of community.