A Memoir in Pictures


If a picture is worth a thousand words, Caroline Calloway’s new memoir is going to be extremely long. The England-based art history student has been writing a memoir through her Instagram account, mashing together photos, captions, conversations, and more. Unlike most Instagram feeds, Calloway does not post in real time. Instead, she curates her posts, about a year behind her actual life, to construct her narrative. Sophie Kleeman explains at Tech.Mic:

Calloway is an aspiring memoirist, and her posts are intended to read like individual chapters. She chooses each photo to help tell the story of a particular moment from her time at Cambridge, and the accompanying captions are not off-the-cuff musings — rather, they’re written on a computer and edited by friends. They include snippets of conversation, sensory descriptions and, above all else, details of Calloway’s thoughts in the moment. It’s a carefully curated representation of her life abroad.

Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →