Over at The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone asked some authors, including William Giraldi and Christa Parravani, which were the books that defined their childhoods and, subsequently, their writing imaginations....more
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Over at Brevity’s nonfiction blog, author Janice Gary talks about how to structure a nonfiction story:
Fiction writers start with nothing and create a world. Memoirists start with an entire universe that already exists. We are more like sculptors than painters, relying on the advice of Michelangelo, who supposedly said he made the statue of David by taking away everything in the stone that was not David.
When I talked to him that weekend, he explained I couldn’t have been pregnant because we hadn’t had sex. He knew because he and his dad sometimes hired a bull and watched it work. He’d had sex himself, in the past.
This year’s judges of the National Book Award seem to agree that women’s nonfiction writing is abundant and prize-worthy. The 2015 nonfiction longlist includes seven female-authored books, out of 10, the largest percentage of female nominees in the prize’s history. The longlist also contains two books by people of color, compared to last year’s one.
I stopped putting things in quotation marks because I really wanted the reader to continue to understand or believe or think that he or she was in my head.
Listen up as Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit, talks to NPR’s Terry Gross about the art of memoir, the purpose of prayer, and the ambitions she and David Foster Wallace shared....more
We’ve been looking forward to Grace Jones’s memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, since it was confirmed early this year, and the quotes leaking on the Internet (via Dazed Digital, among others) haven’t disappointed. As far as we can tell, she eloquently calls out the mainstream music industry’s claim to “outsider” or “innovator” status like the sage she is:
The problem with the Doris’ and the Nicki Minaj’s and Miley’s is that they reach their goal very quickly.
Have you heard the good news? Singer-songwriter Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is going to be made into a mini-series. The Guardian reported that Smith will co-write the show with John Logan (who created Penny Dreadful for Showtime)....more
He is one of the only artists … who actually seemed to enjoy his journey, both spiritual and musical. Plus, he seemed to learn something profound with each step of his way, until completely formed as an artist.
In a critique of composer Philip Glass’s memoir Words Without Music, the Los Angeles Review of Books explores Glass’s rise as a composer and musician, his discovery of his musical style, and the great loves of his life....more
The performer’s been playing with us for ages with the promise of a memoir, to the extent that she was even calling the seemingly infinitely delayed book I’ll Never Write My Memoirs—okay, Jones claimed the title came from the first line of “Art Groupie,” but the tease was there too....more
“The challenge of memorializing doesn’t favor professionals,” writes Sean Minogue over at Full Stop. So, how are autobiographical narratives of loss by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Joan Didion, or Paul Auster different from therapeutic journaling? Minogue takes a look at how these authors express the everyday details of living after a loss, and how new forms of written self-expression, like Twitter, shifts the line between personal and public grieving....more