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Pretty much all the great memoirists I've met," she writes, "sound on the page like they do in person.
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Similarly, the war memoirist cannot explain notions of morality to the inhabitants of a peaceful-reality because they lack a comprehension for what it means to go to war.
With few exceptions, the memoirists present certain standard discussions: an idealization of the father, a criticism of the mother, a nod to a lost childhood, a critique of the marriage process, a presentation of her social world, to name a few.
Here the memoir is a reliable record either of what the memoirist believed or what she wished others to think she believed at the time when she wrote it.
And young JT LeRoy, an author of autobiographical stories of childhood abuse and a youth spent in the hustler demimonde of San Francisco's Polk Street, captured the attention and affection of, among others, poet Sharon Olds, star memoirists Mary Karr and Dave Eggers, novelist Mary Gaitskill, and actress/director Asia Argento, whose film adaptation of LeRoy's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things hit theaters in March--just after it was discovered that "JT LeRoy" is an invention of the writer and musician Laura Albert.
18) The transgressive memoirist cannot renegotiate her position or justify her immorality.
At the same time, the narrowness of the therapeutic requires that the memoirist adhere to certain conventions: brutal honesty, and confessions of suffering as well as sins.
On the pilgrimages to both lshiyama and Hannyaji temples, she manages to achieve a sort of cathartic relief At Ishiyama, the memoirist is occupied with thoughts of death but in the end she writes, "I spoke all there was to say and cried all the tears there were to cry till my heart brightened" (SNKBT24: 123).
The Russian memoirist Nadezhda Mandelstam observed that much evil happened under Soviet rule because fearful people abdicated responsibility and came to justify what happened as inevitable.
Among the most prominent of those driven into exile is playwright, poet, novelist, cartoonist, essayist, and memoirist Ariel Dorfman.