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Autobiography and Memoir
Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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.
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March 11, 2021
Vivian Gornick in Reverse
A conversation with the writer about her life and work.
March 11, 2021
Mike Davis: ‘Beware the Light at the End of the Covid Tunnel’
Plus Amy Wilentz on Michelle Obama’s
Start Making Sense
December 11, 2020
How Bob Dylan Wrote the Second Great American Songbook
The sale of the singer-songwriter’s catalogue is a reminder of his massive cultural legacy.
December 10, 2020
The Vanishing Queer Underground of Los Angeles
Reynaldo Rivera’s photos of the city's nightlife document a time of cheap rent and possibility.
December 7, 2020
Roberto Lovato’s Journalism of the Soul
In his memoir
, he shows how reportage that is rooted in personal biography and inner turmoil can unveil a more powerful kind of truth.