I have a guest blog about how and why I wrote Purge: Rehab Diaries on the National Association of Memoir Writers website. Reminder: The NAMW Teleseminar is on Friday, October 21st!
These tee-shirts are so cool. I want The Bell Jar one, personally.
This article from the Grindstone does not surprise me one bit. The general public believes that eating disorders are purely the domain of white, well-to-do teenage girls, and that is a false assumption. It makes sense that women that have dealt with an eating disorder before might have a relapse or have their eating disorder symptoms flare in a high-pressure career situation. The Renfrew program for 30+ women sounds interesting, and possibly very helpful. I know that when I was in treatment, a lot of women over 25 seemed to feel somewhat out of place. A program like Renfrew’s might’ve been helpful to them.
Kerry Cohen (author of Loose Girl, which everyone should read) wrote an article about writers and envy for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop that resonated with me. Here is a link to the article:
I am a competitive person, and I sometimes envy other writers, which makes me feel really guilty, especially if the writer I am envious of happens to be a friend. I know that to some extent, this is natural, but I still hate it. In this essay, Cohen talks about using envy constructively, which is not something I had thought of before. Instead of being ashamed of my envy and feeling guilty about it (vicious cycle: envy–>guilt–>shame), maybe I should own it and use it to fuel my desire to write something amazing. As writers we should talk about this more, or at least acknowledge the existence of literary envy. Cohen mentions that envy is a taboo emotion, and that it can be paralyzing. I wholeheartedly agree. For now, I’m trying to concentrate on my own writing, and tune everyone else out, not just in writing, but in life in general. More on that last sentence later.
One of my friends from college recently asked me what memoirs I was reading, after I posted on facebook about having read a bunch of stripping memoirs while sitting poolside during the summer (those were the days…I miss you already, summer), so this morning I made a list of all the nonfiction (not just memoir) books that I’ve enjoyed in recent years. Granted, a lot of my books are on loan to friends, and I just went with what was on my bookshelf this morning, so this is not a totally inclusive list, but, the subject matter of the list is rather vast. These books are in no particular order whatsoever. Enjoy! I’m thinking about compiling a fiction and poetry list as well. And yes, I have a huge bookshelf (the Expedit), from Ikea, of course.
Hillbilly Gothic-Adrienne Martini
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight-Alexandra Fuller
Marrying George Clooney-Amy Ferris
I Was Told There’d Be Cake & How Did You Get This Number-Sloane Crosley
Loose Girl-Kerry Cohen
The Liars’ Club, Cherry & Lit-Mary Karr
The Summer of Ordinary Ways-Nicole Lea Helget
Devil in the Details-Jennifer Traig
Truth & Beauty-Ann Patchett
Bare & Wanderlust-Elisabeth Eaves
Petal Pusher-Laurie Lindeen
Girl, Interrupted-Susanna Kaysen
Searching for Mercy Street-Linda Gray Sexton
Swallow the Ocean-Laura Flynn
Autobiography of a Face-Lucy Grealy
Don’t Call Me Mother-Linda Joy Myers
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem-Jillian Lauren
A Beautiful Mind-Sylvia Nasar
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellion-Gloria Steinem
Second Sex-Simone de Beauvoir
Feminine Mystique-Betty Friedan
Chalked Up-Jennifer Sey
The Boys of My Youth-Jo Ann Beard
Joliet Girl-Francine Tolf
A Room of One’s Own-Virginia Woolf
Welcome to My Country & Lying-Lauren Slater
Telling-Patricia Weaver Francisco
I’m Sorry You Feel That Way-Diana Joseph
Anything by these authors: David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Joan Didion, Michael Pollan, Jon Krakauer, Sarah Vowell, Jeanette Winterson
On October 21st, I’m going to be a panelist on The Young Memoirists Talk About Truth Panel, which is part of the National Association of Memoir Writers Telesummit. This telesummit is free, as long as you register beforehand. There is more information in the link below. I think it’s going to be a great conversation! I’m excited to talk with other young memoirists.
Twin Cities people, you should get in on this:
This is so cool.
“Woot” is now in the OED (granted, it’s the concise edition, not the regular OED). This makes me a happy girl. 🙂 The evolution of language is so fascinating. Other words that are now in the OED (concise): jeggings, and sexting.
I simply adore Sloane Crosley, and her writing. One of the best nights I had this winter was spent at her Edina Barnes & Noble reading. She is smart, witty, and gorgeous. Her essays are hilarious and provoking, and while I loved I Was Told There’d Be Cake for its hilarity, I loved How Did You Get This Number? even more, because of its stark honesty (as well as hilarity).
Meeting writers in person is sometimes a crapshoot. Writers can be: assholes, socially inept, really nervous, snobby, mean, too cool for school, etc. Sloane Crosley was warm, funny, and down-to-earth. When she learned that my friend Cami likes chickens, she drew a chicken in her book, as well as signing it.
Anyway, you should check out the The Rumpus interview of Sloane Crosley. Much like I love Sloane Crosley, I love The Rumpus. So these are my recommendations for this stormy, lame Monday:
1. Sloane Crosley
2. The Rumpus