Articles & Columns

Of Memoir and Memory

Making a Case for a New Type of Literary Criticism
How can we appreciate the possibilities of the genre fully without understanding how the mind works?

The Perils of Perfect Memory

The New Past, According to Social Media
Does digital omnipresence shortens and stunts the distance to remembering?

The Meek Shall Inherit the Memoir

Then & Now
Think writing memoir makes you a pathological narcissist? Think again.

What's the (Personal) Story #55

From the Editor
We live in the world of online data and social media and reality TV. For better and worse, our notions of privacy are changing. And memoir has proven it’s here to stay.

Write What You Don't Know

Between the Lines
How can you write nonfiction when you don't have the facts?

The Correctors

Then & Now
To a copyeditor, mistakes are everything.

What's the Story #54

From the Editor
Writing true stories that reflect what you think and see and remember can be rife with personal hazards.

Salvage, Salvation, Salve

Writing That Heals
Exploring the healing potential of telling our own stories.

"Platforms" Are Overrated

Between the Lines
Why writers shouldn’t worry so much about building a presence on social media

What's the Story #53

From the Editor
These stories, personal and political, grapple with important questions that ultimately get at the heart of how to live.