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Autobiography and Memoir
Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation
June 28, 2021
Annette Gordon-Reed’s Personal History of Juneteenth
In her new book, Gordon-Reed reminds us that besides offering us origin stories the past can also provides us with a way to think about the present and future.
Robert Greene II
June 15, 2021
Joan Didion’s Long View
Her new essay collection,
Let Me Tell You What I Mean
, captures what about her writing feels at once seductive and illusory.
June 3, 2021
The Misplaced Hope of Understanding Police From the Inside
Law professor Rosa Brooks became a volunteer cop to show how policing might be fixed. But are the police beyond reform?
May 20, 2021
Did ‘Cancel Culture’ Drive Richard Wright Underground?
On “Memories of My Grandmother” and
The Man Who Lived Underground.
Joseph G. Ramsey
May 12, 2021
Mike Gold, Avant-Garde Bard of Proletarian New York
A new biography charts Gold's many lives—as a novelist and journalist, as a working-class militant, and as a forerunner to the Beats.
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May 10, 2021
What ‘Girlhood’ Means in 2021
A conversation with Melissa Febos about her radical essays on youth and gender.
May 6, 2021
The Brutal Transcendence of Tove Ditlevsen
By resisting all of memoir’s conventions, the Danish writer tells the story of her life more painfully and beautifully.
April 28, 2021
The Art of the Memoir With Japanese Breakfast
A conversation with indie pop artist Michelle Zauner on cooking, grieving, and the role politics plays in music.
April 26, 2021
The Craft of John Edgar Wideman
A conversation with one of the greatest living Black American writers on work, life, and why good fiction is like a game of basketball.
March 11, 2021
Vivian Gornick in Reverse
A conversation with the writer about her life and work.