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Autobiography and Memoir
Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation
May 5, 2020
Sarah Broom’s New Orleans Saga
In her new memoir, Broom reconstructs not only her family’s history in New Orleans but also the larger arc of black experience in the South.
April 29, 2020
Finding Humor When ‘Shit Is So Terrible’: A Conversation With Samantha Irby
We talked to the writer and comedian about privacy, blogging, chronic illness, and how to actually enjoy social media.
April 7, 2020
Silicon Valley’s Workplace Problem
Tech start ups have long thrived on an exceptional view of themselves. But far from being the exception, their companies tend to embody much of what is wrong with our economy.
March 24, 2020
How Films Were Made in Cold War Hollywood
traces the ways in which the Red Scare shaped a generation’s creative and professional compromises.
March 20, 2020
A Tale of Two Plagues
Tips on self-isolation from Daniel Defoe and Giovanni Boccaccio
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February 17, 2020
Ricardo Piglia’s Books of Disquiet
As he witnessed the dissolution of civil society under a series of repressive governments, the Argentine novelist and critic began recording the most mundane parts of everyday life.
January 8, 2020
The Letters Behind One of American Poetry’s Most Infamous Books
The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979
, which collects the correspondence between Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell, is an extraordinary philosophical inquiry into what is permissible in a work of art.
December 23, 2019
The Entwined Lives of Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso
Understanding Picasso’s art, Gilot’s memoir shows, is inseparable from understanding both his genius and monstrousness.
December 13, 2019
Between Familial and World-Historical: The Legacy of Chantal Akerman
One of the Belgian filmmaker’s final works, a memoir about the last years of her mother’s life, shines a light on the roots of her art.
November 29, 2019
The Resistance of Kathy Griffin
“I was the test case. I want to make sure that they can never do to anyone what they did to me, not on my watch.”