March 28, 2007KR Blog

Memoir Week

This week, Slate has posted a bonanza for readers and scholars of the modern memoir: a collection of essays creating what they’ve called “Memoir Week.” Edmund White, Alison Bechdel, Mary Karr, and others weigh in on various aspects of writing and publishing the details of private lives. And Slate‘s own critics range over topics as varied as autobiography’s relationship to poetry, the rise in autism memoirs’ popularity, and the thirtieth anniversary of Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. There’s something for everyone, in other words.

I’m indebted to Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky for having brought Memoir Week to my attention far sooner than I’d have found it otherwise.