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Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer is the author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders (Workman, 2016) and Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Penguin, 2011). His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications.


David George Gordon serves scorpion. Photograph by Carol Hodge.

Amateur Hour: The Grubmeister

Summer 2016 | Interviews

On April 21, 2016, David George Gordon spoke with Joshua Foer as part of the ongoing series “Amateur Hour,” in which various tinkerers, zealots, and collectors discuss their obsessions. Gordon, who is a science writer, is also known as “The Bug Chef.” He often travels around the country to put on live cooking performances that promote the nutritional value of insects. He is the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, as well as other books about whales, cockroaches, and Sasquatch. The conversation that follows has been edited for brevity and meaning.