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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From The Other Half, a manuscript in progress rebutting the author’s 1996 memoir, Half a Life, which describes her relationship with her husband, whom she met when she was a…
By Sarah Manguso, from Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, out in March from Graywolf Press. Manguso is the author of several books, including The Guardians and The Two Kinds…
The limits of autobiography
The memoir is a tempting but treacherous form. As the English novelist Rachel Cusk writes in Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $20), “Unclothed, truth can be…
The politics of literary scapegoating
Fiction and the autobiographical question
The pleasures and pitfalls of WASP reticence
Norman Podhoretz as crumb