A File Folder of Insults from Mom


I’m so mean-spirited. I wrote all my mother’s slights down. There were so many of them.

So explains Sally Mann, photographer and author of recent memoir Hold Still, who goes through some old boxes at Book Page, from uncovering family secrets in the attic to a few juicy examples from her “bulging file called ‘Maternal Slights.’”

You can find Charley Locke's journalism on WIRED, tweets @CHARLEY_LOCKE, and drawings on her parents' fridge. You can also sometimes spot Charley imperiously making book recommendations while managing the McSweeney's Pop-Up Shops. More from this author →