In the final paragraph of her memoir, Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon details a makeout session with a man who is most certainly not Thurston Moore. Emergency brake pulled, the two sat in front of a house on a hill that Gordon had rented in LA for several weeks last year while getting back to her visual art roots in a post-Sonic Youth, post-Thurston world. The anecdote starts kind of bumpy because it is apropos of nothing, but it ends somewhere fitting — hopeful, even. “I know: it sounds like I’m someone else entirely now,” she writes after pulling away from this man’s “full-on grope” for reasons of practicality, “and I guess I am.” … Read More
Michelle Tea has always been a fearless and honest writer with manifold talents — from gritty memoirs like The Chelsea Whistle to young adult books like Rose of No Man’s Land, her work has been characterized by its freedom and daring. It’s also characterized by its commitment to showing the reality of women’s lives in many forms, illuminating what the queer community in San Francisco is like for a young, passionate person. … Read More
Mariel Hemingway is planning to release both a memoir and a young adult novel this April.
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America’s very favorite goalie, the excellent, magic-handed Tim Howard, has written a memoir, which shall be entitled The Goalkeeper… Read More
Yesterday, xoJane published one of their “It Happened to Me” pieces by one Jen Caron. It detailed Caron’s experience in a yoga class she’d attended recently, one also attended by a “young, fairly heavy black woman.” Merely having this “other” woman in the room was apparently a kind of direct affront to Caron. Even sampling just one paragraph from the essay should give you an idea of how quickly everything goes to hell:
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I was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my high-waisted bike shorts, my tastefully tacky sports bra, my well-versedness in these poses that I have been in hundreds of times. My skinny white girl body. Surely this woman was noticing all of these things and judging me for them, stereotyping me, resenting me—or so I imagined.
The Princess Bride just celebrated its 25th anniversary, but the festivities aren’t over yet. Cary Elwes will be writing… Read More
This past summer, America had a long conversation with itself about its pervasive culture of violence, a culture that often literally consumes the lives of young black men. I’m not saying it was a satisfactory conversation, that anyone came out of it feeling like we’d treated the subject with respect. In fact, I’d say it was just the opposite. There was a lot of loud, loud, loud racist yelling on Fox News, thankfully countered by good and resourceful programming by Melissa Harris-Perry, but mostly the aftertaste was sour. Perhaps that explains why Jesmyn Ward’s new memoir, Men We Reaped, isn’t generating as much public discussion as I would have expected from a brilliant piece of work that also happened to be on point. … Read More
Contrary to what you’ve probably been hearing, Samantha Geimer’s new memoir The Girl (out today) doesn’t excuse Roman Polanski’s conduct. She calls it rape, records her initial impression that he “looked like a ferret,” reiterates that she said no multiple times and that he knew she was 13, states that he lied about the incident in his autobiography, and says she wasn’t particularly affected by an apologetic note he sent her in 2009. In other words, the book, co-authored by journalist Judith Newman, is a pretty solid effort by Geimer to control her own story without excusing a thing. The prose and tone are restrained, reasonable, and she tells a convincing story of having been too young to know what she was in for — with Polanski, with prosecutors, and with the press. … Read More
This week saw the release of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), by internet-famous comedienne Jenny Lawson, whose tagline is “Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.” Well, we don’t think we’re quite ready to give an opinion on that, but the release of Lawson’s hilarious memoir got us thinking about how much we love a good true-to-life rib-cracking tale. In truth, many of the most successful memoirs are funny, if only because the trials and tribulations of any human life always tend to have a little bit of absurdity to them, and because any good memoir cuts the pain a little bit with a joke or two. But these go above and beyond the usual wry self-deprecation, and are guaranteed to have you giggling to yourself long into the night. Click through to read our list of the funniest memoirs we could think of, and be sure to suggest your own favorites in the comments. … Read More
More and more memoirs seem to come out every year — a product, perhaps, in our unslakable interest in the human condition — but as far as we’re concerned, 2011 was a particularly great one. We had actually wonderful celebrity memoirs, unusual and experimental prose, and particular standouts in the traditional memoir fields of family history and tragedy. Click through to read about our favorite memoirs of the year, and since we can’t possibly have read all the great ones out there, be sure to chime in with your own picks in the comments. One note: the last entry on the list — a really fantastic book — may be slightly NSFW. Proceed with caution. … Read More