Monthly Archives: January 2012

Book Review: Shalom Auslander’s “Foreskin’s Lament”

I just closed the cover on Foreskin’s Lament: a Memoir by Shalom Auslander. This is one of those books that fully realizes memoir’s potential to illuminate the stage, to borrow Jill Ker Conway’s phrase. Auslander’s memoir explores his childhood “raised … Continue reading

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What makes you, you? A TED Talks video muses on answers…

Julian Baggini, the author of several books about philosophy, presented at TEDxYouth@Manchester musing on questions like… Are you your memories? Your beliefs and desires? Your molecules and how they’re arranged? Why are you more than a collection of your parts? How … Continue reading

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Writing memoir: Garden or Jungle?

Christina Haag, author of Come to the Edge about her childhood friendship and five-year love affair with John F. Kennedy Jr., was profiled on her writing process in January 14th’s Wall Street Journal. She said, “The real question for me as … Continue reading

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Snow Day! South Madison class tonight cancelledf

To my South Madison workshop enrollees–our first class will be delayed a week due to snow. See you on the 19th!

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From Sunday’s New York Times: “Get a Midlife!”

News flash: Researchers asked people over 65 to pick the age they would most like to return to–most chose their 40s. Patricia Cohen revealed this factoid in an opinion column in Sunday’s New York Times titled “Get a Midlife.” In it she … Continue reading

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2012: Of Things to Come for “True Stories Well Told”

I commenced my “True Stories Well Told” project roughly a year ago. I called it my “Self-Indulgent Project for 2011.” (2010’s was publishing Write Your Travel Memoirs.  Before 2010 I didn’t indulge myself in yearly Self-Indulgent Projects.) I kept the promise I … Continue reading

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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