25 July 2009 0 Comments

“Kill someone soon!” Dan Fesperman’s advice on The Writing Life

Journalists often dream of turning the more dramatic events to which they’ve been witness into fiction. Relatively few do so successfully, and certainly not with the panache of Dan Fesperman. He has stood out from the crowd of journalist-turned-thrillerists since his fabulous debut “Lie in the Dark.” It was based on his time reporting from […]

13 June 2009 1 Comment

A living foreign correspondent the most useless thing to media industry — Reviewing a "Novel of Jihad"

The magazine of Harvard’s Nieman Fellowship asked me to write an essay about Jeffrey Fleishman’s “Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad”. I wrote about why international correspondents like me and Fleishman, Cairo bureau chief for the LA Times, turn to novels to express the depth of what we learn about a foreign culture. Here’s how […]