Writing Memoir is a Kick in the Ass

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost As a Musical Theater major I participated in an acting exercise called The Chair.  In it, a plush chair sat alone in a dark room, illuminated by a single, bright light.  One by one, everyone in class sat silently in the chair.…

Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay, “Hunger”

The first line of the marketing letter that comes with the Uncorrected Proof of Roxane Gay’s Hunger reads, “Dear Bookseller, What you have before you is not an easy book to read.  But I guarantee that as soon as you start, you won’t be able to put it down.”  Both things are true. Hunger is an open…

Recommended Reading: J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”

Scotch-Irish is somewhat of a misnomer, as people who claim the ancestry have little to no Scottish blood.  They’re primarily folks who left England and resettled in Northern Ireland for religious freedom in the 17th century, then left Ireland in the 18th and early 19th century in search of – yet again – religious freedom (Presbyterian,…

Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay’s “Difficult Women”

R.I.P. Aaron John Curtis, 10/16/72 – 2/19/17  Cause of death? Reading Roxane Gay‘s “Strange Gods,” the final story in her most recent collection. All of the stories in Difficult Women have appeared (“in slightly altered form”) in various publications before they were collected here, and I imagine that readers who have experienced these stories individually…

Recommended Reading: Joe Hill’s “The Fireman”

When someone is cold and you share your blanket, you’re both warmer than you would’ve been alone.  You offer the sick your medicine and their happiness will be your medicine.  Someone probably a lot smarter than me said hell is other people.  I say you’re in hell when you don’t give to someone who needs,…