Dorit Sasson is the creator of Giving Voice to Your Courage podcast and website, story mentor, memoirist
of Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces.
"Pretty much all the great memoirists
I've met," she writes, "sound on the page like they do in person.
Alas, this is a quality of excellence found only too rarely among our biographers, autobiographers and memoirists
. In this field of writing, Martin Edmond is her only rival.
Fussell considers training to be an "abstraction" while Allen calls it "murder in print." In the end, both memoirists
are correct: Basic training is an abstraction that leads to death.
Chapters two, three, and six discuss childhood, married life, and the body respectively, presenting a more personal look into the lives of the memoirists
. Giacchetti evokes the numerous conventions that are found across the genre and points to key issues that define both the women and their writing.
In her new book memoirist
Sue William Silverman author of Love Sick: One Woman's Journey Through Sexual Addiction and Because I Remember Terror Father I Remember You taps into this trend providing practical advice for writers ready to put the most intimate details of their lives into print.
Her chapter on the white memoirists
(Willie Morris, Lillian Smith, and William Alexander Percy) is perhaps her best and is more cohesive than the chapter on black memoirists
The melancholy and sense of mortality are still in evidence in Kedging: New Poems--sometimes overwhelmingly so--but this new collection, in particular the sequence "The Memoirists
" and the two long poems "Laundry Lists and Manifestoes" and "Kedging in Time," makes it abundantly clear that Matthias, though never an immensely prolific poet, is by no means shutting up shop.
And young JT LeRoy, an author of autobiographical stories of childhood abuse and a youth spent in the hustler demimonde of San Francisco's Polk Street, captured the attention and affection of, among others, poet Sharon Olds, star memoirists
Mary Karr and Dave Eggers, novelist Mary Gaitskill, and actress/director Asia Argento, whose film adaptation of LeRoy's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things hit theaters in March--just after it was discovered that "JT LeRoy" is an invention of the writer and musician Laura Albert.
Some recent memoirists
have worried that the James Frey brouhaha throws the entire genre into question.
I dreamed of editors, novelists, memoirists
reading my seminal work and discussing it with me and my peers, offering suggestions, pointing out where I had hit and where I had missed the mark.