Deborah Copaken

Literary Birthday – 11 March – Deborah Copaken

Happy Birthday, Deborah Copaken, born 11 March 1966.


  1. I loved to press the shutter, to freeze time, to turn little slices of life into rectangle rife with metaphor.
  2. Photography forces one out into the world, interacting with people and the environment. It flexes all those right brain, spatially-adept muscles.
  3. When it comes to writers, I’m a huge fan of Ian McEwan. I’ve never taken a writing course, but reading and deconstructing his novels has been as good a lesson as any.
  4. Stories are how we make sense of our lives. To tell a story is to own it: to own the narrative thread to own a piece of our past. And when we own a story when we put it in a tidy box and store it on a high shelf it becomes manageable so that whatever negative effects it’s been having on us are in theory lessened.
  5. There are no straight lines in life. Only detours, hard work, and luck.

Deborah Copaken is an American author and photojournalist. She is the author of the memoir Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War. Her latest books are The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons and The ABCs of Parenthood: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice. Follow her on Twitter

Source for quotes / Source for image Deborah Copaken / Photo credit Dave Cross

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th March 2019