Why I Read Memoir, Continued

9781770412019THAT HE WAS BOOED AND SHUNNED; that people brought watermelons to the game; that he fought on. Those are the details I heard on public radio that made me come home and pull up the story and read it for myself. These things happened in my country, during sporting events in the 1980s. That’s right – the 1980s — and in a sport that remains stubbornly white to this day. Is this why I read memoir? In part, it is. [Continue reading]

To Learn to Write, Read

Laura Ingalls Wilder
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AS A MEMOIR EDITOR, I read a lot. As a writer, I read a lot. As a thinking human, I read a lot. As a memoir teacher -- yes, you get it -- I read a lot. And I recommend it all the time as a way to learn to write. Read. And don’t dither about what to … [Continue reading]