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Of Memoir and Memory

Ever since their spike in popularity in the mid-1990s, memoirs have been the subject of much negative criticism. This dismissive attitude...

The Perils of Perfect Memory

Like most people these days, I willingly deposit bits of myself online every day, through shopping, commenting on friends’ photos,...

The Meek Shall Inherit the Memoir

Some words I just don't like. They make me angry. Maybe it’s the way these words feel in my mouth. Words like chipotle and creamy...

What's the (Personal) Story #55

Robert Atwan’s “Between the Lines” column in this issue begins with his observation that memoirs have typically attracted...

Write What You Don't Know

From our very first endeavors in creative writing, we’re told to write what we know. As nonfiction writers, we’re proud of our...

The Essayist in Search of the Essay

At the beginning of the fall semester, my department chair sent an e-mail inviting faculty members to sign up for a date to visit her...

The Correctors

To a copyeditor, mistakes are everything. How many professions are devoted exclusively to finding and eliminating human error? It’s...

What's the Story #54

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” —Czeslaw Milosz I am hoping that readers who...

Sensualiterature

One of the things that we do not talk about when we talk about writing is the sound and scent and sensuality of it, the scratching and...

Salvage, Salvation, Salve

For a long time, I felt like a victim of my own body. Struck by a debilitating case of chronic fatigue syndrome when I was just twenty, I...

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