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I’m a writer based in Seattle who has had the good fortune to write about some of the most interesting and important topics of our time, including genetics, race, human origins, evolution, climate change, education, talent, competition, and punk rock music. Here’s a short bio. For a longer summary of my 30-year career as a freelance writer, here’s a resume. I’m currently writing a book, to be published by W. W. Norton in 2015, about the eruption of Mount St. Helens and the economy, history, and culture of the Pacific Northwest.