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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Natalie Serber

First off, my comment to the Atlantic article: Oy. Life is people's stories, let's hear more. And second, that is one of my favorite poems ever. Thank you for all the treasure here.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Natalie Serber

Why do people write, why do we read their stories? To find ourselves, to learn, to feel less alone, to heal. I cannot disagree more with Brooks. Thanks for asking :)

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Just adore you and wish you lived next door!!

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Two of my favorite quotes by memoirists:

β€œI don’t believe writing creative nonfiction is synonymous with revealing yourself, or anyway it hasn’t been for me. The goal is to use one’s own experience as a launching point to talk about something bigger, something beyond the writer. What you want to reveal is not necessarily yourself, but some kind of truth.”

Jo Ann Beard

β€œIt was not the subject matter of my memoirs that I hoped would be startling, but rather language’s capacity to name what was once nameless, to define what had once been vague and chaotic. The chief privilege of writing a memoir was the opportunity to go back and make sense of events that left me dumbstruck...”

Bernard Cooper

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