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Autobiography and Memoir
Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation
April 12, 2018
The Power of the Word
Scientology’s unique manipulations of language seduced the novelist Sands Hall and kept her bound to the church.
March 21, 2018
Today’s Life and War
From above, there are no souls, only bodies, but they are seen as hollow forms, moving the way atoms do in the universe — unseen.
March 9, 2018
Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The Kenyan author discusses colonialism and abandoning English to write in his native Kikuyu.
February 22, 2018
Christa Wolf’s Life Under Surveillance
In her diaries, the German novelist recorded a life of watching and being watched.
February 15, 2018
Life Among the Bundists
Through his family history, Mark Mazower maps the upheavals and dislocations of early 20th-century Europe and Russia.
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February 2, 2018
One Person’s Terrorist? Reflections on Zohra Drif’s Memoir of the Algerian Revolution
Is the civilian population of a colonial-settler regime ever a legitimate military target?
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December 5, 2017
Susan Meiselas’s Redemptive Time
In her new photo-memoir, the photographer returns to the origin of her career to reflect on all she’s remembered, and why it’s worth remembering.
November 3, 2017
Ellen Pao’s Step Forward
In her new memoir, Pao is hesitant to call the slights, offenses, and blockages she faced what they are: harassment and discrimination.
November 1, 2017
The Miseducation of Eva Moskowitz
What does it mean for parents and their children to be “consumers” of education?
October 26, 2017
Hillary Clinton’s If-Onlys
tells us more about her than about why she lost the election.