Chris Cooper has a wonderful blog called Inside the Emotion of Fiction. She featured me recently. I thought you might enjoy it.

Chris Cooper has a wonderful blog called Inside the Emotion of Fiction. She featured me recently. I thought you might enjoy it. 290 Inside the Emotion of Fiction DEAD BECKONING by Mike Cobb. What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction? I began writing DEAD BECKONING on June 27, 2019. However, given that this is a work of historical fiction, I spent a couple of years doing extensive research before “putting pen to paper” (metaphorically…see below). I completed the work on January 11, 2021.

[A] writer is someone who pays attention to the world

Four great pieces from past issues of The Paris Review, one of my favorite literary magazines. Enjoy!

When Edward Hirsch spoke to Susan Sontag, in between her trips to Sarajevo, for a 1995 Art of Fiction interview, he noted that her work seemed “haunted by war.” She said, “I could answer that a writer is someone who pays attention to the world.” This week, we’re rereading a poem by Claribel Alegria and a story by Nadine Gordimer, looking back at a portfolio of the writer Ryszard Kapuściński’s photographs, watching the news, and considering what it means to pay attention.

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