Hello From The Inside

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering how you’re doing all these weeks in quarantine.

It’s the May edition of The Zaleski Minute, where the stories are piping hot and the rules remain unchanged: If this takes you longer than 60 seconds, complain to management.

What I Was Writing:

  1. For Popular ScienceGo inside the world of professional pinewood derby, where guys with Big Dad Energy go to insane lengths to craft the perfect car. It’s on page 52 of the new, *all-digital* summer 2020 issue of Popular Science. You can access and read the whole magazine here.

  2. For Popular MechanicsWhen will we have a vaccine for COVID-19? Answers vary, but scientists are working tirelessly. Here’s a tale straight outta … Pittsburgh, where a group of plucky doctors created a vaccine that goes on like a Band-Aid and doesn’t need to be kept cool.

  3. For GQIn some of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, including the U.S., more men than women are succumbing to the novel coronavirus. A look at some of the reasons. (Balls are involved. There’s your trigger warning.)

Read Again

“The Brain That Remade Itself,” my story published in OneZero in February 2019, is being included in the 2020 edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing. The backstory is here, and the full article is here.

Finally: Times are tough, folks, but fret not. Be smart; wash your hands; wear a mask (it won’t hurt you). Check in on neighbors who need help. Call your grandparents. And if you’re looking for inspiration, remember the boys of Maine.