Friday, March 12, 2010

The Singer Affair

In my first foray into non-fiction memoir, I've got an essay up on the book page of The Huffington Post. It's called "The Singer Affair" and you can check it out here.

I thought it might be fun to share scans of a few of the supporting materials that go with the post. Here's a scan of the first paragraph of one of the short stories I mention, "Sunstroke and Seduction:"

And here are Brett's comments on my final story for the quarter:

Here's a scan of the cover of The Petting Zoo:

And here we have the back cover with Brett Singer's picture:

And, finally, the relevant snippet from page 89:


At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so funny and touching, Mark, the supporting materials included. I can understand your need to impress Ms. Singer, especially after seeing her photo.

Oh, the silly things we do when young (and ;).

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Mark Coggins said...

Thanks for the kind words, Elizabeth!

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At 4:34 PM, Blogger Kim said...

So where is Brett now? I knew her when she was in her mid- to late- 30s. And more beautiful then, btw, than in her earlier jacket cover that you post. She was teaching at Penn State while we were friends, then Memphis and then I lost track of her. I've been waiting way too long for her to publish another book. Thanks!

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Mark Coggins said...

Kim, I'm afraid I don't know where Brett is now. I did see an interview from her in a school paper where she was teaching from around 2000, but that is the last thing I found.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Bob May said...

I saw your blog about a crush on Brett Singer and about hit the floor. I am a little more than 10 years younger than you, and she had a similar effect on me. The age difference was enough that it wasn't overtly sexual, but she just had the magnetism and strength of personality that made you want to be around her.

I went to Penn State from 1988-92. I took her creative writing class my sophomore year. I still remember her class as extraordinary. She was really special. So much so that I was sitting here in December of 2012 thinking of her, for no apparent reason. I decided to use the power of the internet to see if she was writing or teaching, or whatever, which is how I landed here. All I could find, is on Linked-In.

"Brett Singer
Writer, professor
Cincinnati Area Writing and Editing"

If this is her, I cannot say. I plan on following up with an email to see, but I doubt she would remember me.

Thanks for your blog post. Funny how years later some thing have relevancy that is unexpected, and in this case oddly apropos.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Mark Coggins said...

Bob, that's tremendous! Thanks for taking time to comment. I hadn't seen the LinkedIn profile before, but it's encouraging to see that she's active. I hope she publishes another book some day.

At 5:08 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I came across you Huffington Post article, searching for Brett Singer. I had her in creative writing at Stanford, I think in 1976. I just received her 2nd book, via Amazon, called Heaven's Footstool. I was wondering where she is now. It is a shame she only published two books. I hope she is happy, I loved her class.


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