In Defense of Memoir


If you don’t like memoir, don’t read it. And certainly don’t write about it. So you might be a critically acclaimed novelist, but if you don’t understand the genre, your critique is like Vin Scully smacking down golf, or Bob Dylan slamming rap.

Memoir is a genre fraught with avid lovers and frustrated critics, and the debate about memoir’s “literary value” is ongoing. Over at Huffington Post, Brooke Warner defends the importance of the emotional work and experiences that memoir offers against the naysayers that criticize memoir as “the kindergartening of American letters.”

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →