In this post appearing on Literary Hub, Anna Cox makes a stark admission: “Everything I needed to know about writing and editing a novel I learned by photographing a dumb brown bag.”
Ms. Cox both teaches photography and also writes, but she doesn’t separate the two disciplines. She sees striking similarities between photography and writing that many of us rarely think about. But she does.
According to Ms. Cox “both are make-believe processes that can remake norms and shift beliefs… ” “What matters, in fiction and photography, is how you see and what you do with what you’ve seen.” What does all this have to do with the brown paper bag she has taped to the wall above her desk? And how did it help lead to her to writing her novel?
Obviously you’ll have to read the article to find out.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.