Goodreads asked Jim Baumer:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Jim Baumer I've been interest in the essay for awhile now. Some of my favorite writers--Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Phillip LoPate--all are/were essayists. I love the platform.

I had a batch of essays "in the can" and then, I taught a class on writing a book in 8 weeks (can't be done), and realized I needed to put my money where my mouth was with my students. That required writing a couple of new essays and in July, "The Perfect Number: Essays & Stories, Vol. 1" was released.

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