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SAM LANSKY IS THE DEPUTY CULTURE EDITOR at Time, a beautiful writer, and an addict. It turns out that it’s a winning combination, at least in terms of producing and publishing a remarkable book, which is what he’s done in The Gilded Razor. And thank goodness he’s writing about writing the book, providing readers with meaningful instruction not only on how and why to write about your life, but also on just how hard writing memoir can be.
Here, in his recent piece in Time, is Sam Lansky on the obstacles he faced to getting this work on the page and on the shelves. Read and learn. And if that isn’t enough for you, see his excellent interview in Logo with Evan Ross Katz.
Reading about this book got me thinking about overcoming life’s challenges, specifically if there is anything out there that a human cannot tackle and tame. What do you think? Here’s a list from Bustle of 13 memoirs that prove there is nothing you can’t overcome.
What are you taking on today?
HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO WRITE? A client asked me this and I found myself about to give an offhand retort – “Tie yourself in a chair,” “Promise yourself something from Bulgari,” – until I thought better of it and realized that despite my glib impulses I actually have very well-defined prep and, more to the point, so does everyone I know who writes for a living. In fact, I quickly realized, there are probably as many writing routines as there are writers. What does anybody else do when setting up for the day, or beginning a new book, or deciding to try something new? What did I do this morning before typing? [Read more…]
WHILE MASS INCARCERATION of African Americans is one of the biggest tragedies of contemporary America, it is actually nothing new. Evidence of its effects is easy to ignore, though, unless one is directly affected, making the recent publication of a prison memoir ever more important. What might surprise you, however, is that a book that so illuminates us on the history of this problem was written on the eve of the Civil War. [Read more…]
THERE MAY BE no greater honor than having another writer benefit from something I’ve written. But though I am always glad to hear from readers, I have rarely been as honored as I am to have the ever-wonderful Pamela Hodges state for the record that she has not only read my book, The Memoir Project, three times (three times!), but that it has been so very helpful to her that she wants to share it with her readers.
And so she has, in a column on The Write Practice. I am delighted, to say the least. See if her 19 Tips on Writing Memoir sparks you to go back to the desk and work. I hope so.
NEW MEMOIR ABOUNDS, and some of it sounds so damn good that I actually cleaned my office to make room for the incoming pile. So fair warning, readers, here comes the winter list and some holiday suggestions, as well as a sneak peek at what’s on the way for summer, 2016. [Read more…]