Mary Roach is an American science writer. She has published three books: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (2005) and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (2008). Raised in Etna, New Hampshire, she holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and currently resides in San Francisco, California.
She began her writing career at the San Francisco Zoological Society, producing press releases on such topics as elephant wart surgery. In 1986, she sold a humor piece about the IRS to the San Francisco Chronicle. That led to a spate of humorous first-person essays for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Outside, Reader's Digest (for whom she wrote a monthly humor column) and GQ.
She appeared on The Colbert Report, a satirical news program, in November 2005.
There is a tendency in our culture to single out one nutrient or ingredient as a quick fix.
I would love to replace a little bit of the revulsion with a little respect and interest.
Obviously it makes a lot of sense to be eating insects.
The reason that eating and everything that involves is taboo is that it’s something we have in common with animals.
There is something positive to be said about breaking down taboos, especially about bacteria.