Mike Cobb

I am delighted to announce the launch of my new book, Dead Beckoning, available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and ebook formats. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.

The story takes place in 1895 and is based on true events. One of the things I struggled with in writing this work of historical fiction was how to deal with the tension between fidelity to the time period (without which, the story would not ring true) and the risk of offending the reader with language and mores that were common at the time but are unacceptable today. I have included a Word of Caution at the beginning of the book.

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Dead Beckoning

Dead Beckoning

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[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.”

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o Kill a Mockingbird? Really? The Handmaid's Tale? Maus?

o Kill a Mockingbird? Really? The Handmaid’s Tale? Maus?

“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.” Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

When will it end?

Book banning is back. Texas State Representative Matt Krause recently put more than 800 books on a watch list, many of them dealing with race and LGBTQ issues.

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Are Screens Robbing Us of Our Capacity for Deep Reading?

Are Screens Robbing Us of Our Capacity for Deep Reading?

Call me old-school, but I’ll take a good, old-fashioned print book over an ebook any day. Yes, I own a Kindle. And yes, I use it on occasion, especially when traveling (which I’ve done little of since the beginning of COVID). But I will always prefer print.

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The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf

The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. This is the only known recording in existence of Virginia Woolf.

By Fiona Macdonald

Seventy-five years have passed since the British writer died. To mark the anniversary, we commissioned an animation of a BBC radio broadcast she made on 29 April 1937.

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We Will Always Need Virginia Woolf

We Will Always Need Virginia Woolf

Here’s a great piece by Emma Knight on the legacy of a literary icon, Virginia Woolf.

Knight wrote this piece on the 140th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s birth, January 25th.

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I CANNOT FORGO ATLANTA

I CANNOT FORGO ATLANTA

Mike Cobb
Atlanta. April 1924.

This is the second of a series of lightly fictionalized vignettes about The Biltmore Hotel and Apartments in Atlanta. I am writing these vignettes in collaboration with Biltmore Radio (biltmoreradio.org). Soon they will be recorded and available for streaming on the Biltmore Radio site.

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Mike Cobb
Atlanta. April 1924.

This is the first of a series of lightly fictionalized vignettes about The Biltmore Hotel and Apartments in Atlanta. I am writing these vignettes in collaboration with Biltmore Radio (biltmoreradio.org). Soon they will be recorded and available for streaming on the Biltmore Radio site.

Air brakes squealed.

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Mike Cobb

Mike Cobb

I write because that is fundamentally who I am. My body of work includes both non-fiction and fiction. Both short form and long form.