Category Archives: Memoir

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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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The Flaw In the Force: The Star Wars Holiday Special

George Lucas tried his best to keep 1978’s Star Wars Holiday Special from ever being seen, but the Internet has bested him. Robert Burke Warren gives a kind overview to this perceived blight on Lucas’ legacy, and suggests you do the same. After all, it’s Christmas! (And/or Life Day.) Continue reading

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Yours, Mine

In which the identity of Gabriel Mason is stolen, perhaps by Gabriel Masón. Continue reading

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The Big One

Ben Tanzer lets it all hang out when discussing the gritty underside of his first true love. Continue reading

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We Wish You a Merry Sixmas

Was there ever a better Christmas mixtape than Merry Sixmas? Likely not. Our music editor Robert Burke Warren takes us back to the 80s, when a second-generation cassette mix made by a stranger named Eddie G opened up a whole new way of listening to and sharing music. Continue reading

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Learning Her Own Way

Janice Eidus on the trials and triumphs of educating her daughter. Continue reading

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Shawn is my Shepherd

Guide dog trainer Steve Neumann discusses his connection with his dog Shawn, and the surprisingly human nature of German Shepherds. Continue reading

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