Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Building: Caroline Richardson Building, Anna Many Lounge (second floor)
Location: uptown campus
Margaret Knox is a freelance writer and editor in her own right and the writing partner of Dan Baum. She and Baum have collaborated on three books, including Nine Lives, and on numerous articles for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and The New York Times Magazine.
In Margaret’s words:
After Nine Lives appeared, a controversy erupted in the New York City press and in the blogosphere about my work under my husband’s byline. What had possessed me to give up an exotic life covering foreign wars to slave as an unacknowledged collaborator, an invisible enabler of male talent? If I wanted to be an editor, why didn’t I go to work for a publishing company?
My career has been shaped by the freedoms and pressures of freelancing, which in my case is a mom-and-pop business. Most people say they could never work full-time with a significant other, but as feisty opposites, Dan Baum and I are well-suited for it. One of us, as it turns out, is emotionally astute, fast-moving, and restless; the other is ferociously logical, slow-moving, and perfectionist. Guess which one took on more reporting and which one gravitated toward editing.
In our mid-careers, one of us has had fame, the other has had a chance to write fiction and stay out of airports. By being honest about how we’ve worked, even when it has offended some feminists, we’ve kept my name alive in the marketplace. I’ve made it as a freelance editor, helping aspiring non-fiction writers hone a close-third-person voice or mystery writers develop characters. As we move into a new phase, with a grown child, I’m returning to more reporting and Dan is saving to afford time to develop a novel.
Co-sponsored by the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association
Sponsored by: Newcomb College Institute, Reading Project as well as New Orleans Chapter of the Women's National Book Association
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