Category Archives: Memoir

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My Night with Nico

What does one say when Fellinni movie star, Warhol icon, former bedmate of Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, and Jackson Browne, and frontwoman of The Velvet Underground leaves the methadone clinic and walks in to your waitressing gig? Eminent rock scribe and guest contributor Holly George-Warren was still slinging hash when she crossed paths with the chanteuse/muse in late seventies Manhattan, but she did not let the opportunity pass her by. She asked politely, and Nico kindly gave her a rare interview. Continue reading

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Blood on the Hallowed Ground

Ian F. Blair plays a game of basketball with his brother as he recounts the memory of his father’s death in an evocative, pulsing essay about cancer, family, and race. Continue reading

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In Defense of Disco

At its height, the “Disco Sucks” movement drew fifty-nine thousand people to a Chicago stadium to watch a shock jock explode LPs, inciting a full-on riot of mostly white dudes. WTF? Our Robert Burke Warren, who became enamored of disco in the lusty confines of a Catholic school broom closet, writes about the music that arrived at the same time as his teens, and how it inspired him. Continue reading

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A Totally Gruesome Document Detailing a Relationship: Journal Entries, 2012

I FEEL LIKE we’ve lost a lot of steam in this relationship. I don’t want to be a novelty item. The other night, while we were talking about union organizing, with our opposing viewpoints, I was searching, stammering, for the … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Crybaby

Crying is good for you, but sometimes it’s hard to manage, especially when it’s intense and you’ve got stuff to do. Robert Burke Warren comes clean about being a crybaby, the good, the bad, and the redemptive. Continue reading

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Take A Sad Song and Make It Better

Though it seems long ago and far away, high summer in the post-Watergate Deep South did, in fact, exist. The Beatles were six years gone, but still potent enough to change the lives of kids and adults alike, almost as potent as a stoned girl answering her door clad only in a sheet. memoir from our own Robert Burke Warren. Continue reading

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The Give and Take of Grief

Anna Leahy on fate, guilt, grief, and the death of the writer Lucy Grealy. Continue reading

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The Book of Martyrs

Deirdre Day pushes the boundaries of the form with this illustrated essay about printing, family history, and the beauty of coincidence. Continue reading

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Don’t Blame Yourself

“I feel like I’m underwater. Like I’m asleep. I want to be asleep, even as my mouth forms half sentences that my heart rejects.” Continue reading

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