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Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory

Regular readers will notice that I re-blogged yesterday after publishing a post about, “My Withdrawal from My Commitment to This Blog”…

Withdrawal doesn’t necessarily imply never returning…

And withdrawal from a commitment doesn’t necessarily imply relieving oneself of that commitment…

I’ll be sharing re-blogs steadily until I’m able to apply myself to my normal routine…

For most of my life, when I’ve fallen down, I, eventually, began walking on “bloody knees” before I recovered normal locomotion…

And, in consideration of writing about pain, today’s re-blog is remarkable…

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

Brevity’s founding editor Dinty W. Moore interviews Melanie Brooks, author of the recently released Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma, featuring Brooks’ conversations with Andre Dubus III, Sue William Silverman, Kyoko Mori, Richard Hoffman, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Abigail Thomas, Mark Doty, Edwidge Danticat, Jessica Handler, Richard Blanco, and others about how they tackle the most painful subjects: zzzBO1,204,203,200_.jpg

MOORE: Many folks, thinking about a project like yours, would assemble an anthology, with various authors all writing essays on the theme. What inspired you to instead hop in your car and interview these writers?

BROOKS: It wasn’t so much inspiration as it was desperation. I didn’t start this project thinking I was writing a book. I started because I was paralyzed by the process of trying to tell my own hard story – so paralyzed that I wasn’t necessarily convinced I’d survive. I used the excuse of…

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4 responses to “Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory

  1. dgkaye January 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Glad to see you’re still in blogland Alex. :)

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