Category Archives: Memoir

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On Losing Faith and Finding Myself Instead

  AUGUST 30, 2002. I was in a church for the first time in forever. The church where I received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The church where my parents celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. The church where my sister was … Continue reading




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The Richest Peasant Wife

In nuclear-family-driven America, Simone Sachs Hollander finds mostly pleasures in a multi-generational home. Continue reading




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Are You Beach Body Ready?

This summer, Protein World asked women if their bodies were ready for the beach. Chloe Pantazi responds with an essay about the world of advertising, body-shaming, and wearing bikinis. Continue reading




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Hasten Down the Wind: Adventures in Babysitting, 1977

What to do when you’re 12 and a mysterious, beautiful, troubled woman moves in next door with her four-year-old? You babysit, of course! RBW offers some more summertime musical memoir. Continue reading




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Wild Blackberries: On Food, Family, and Finding Home

Irene Keliher meditates on a childhood spent berry-picking in the forest, searching for a sense of home, and the pleasures of making pie. Continue reading




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American Car and Driver, French License

AS ADULTS, IT’S helpful to be reminded at regular intervals that we know almost nothing. My latest ineptitude prompt came as I faced—again, and in a foreign language­—questions like these: You are approaching a blind curve on a two-lane road. Do … Continue reading




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Road Worthy: Reflections While Passing Through

It’s 8:30 in the morning. I’m sitting in McDonald’s on route 87 in Sloatsburg, NY.  When I was a child, whenever we passed here on the Thruway, my father would say that everyone in Sloatsburg had an extra digit on each hand. … Continue reading




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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dork

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before

Question: What’s a writer to do in an era where memoirs are assumed to be fictional and novels are, increasingly, considered thinly-veiled cris de coeur? Answer: Deny Everything. Continue reading




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Love & Mercy and the Saving of Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson, musical genius and cultural icon, should have died, but did not. Someone saved him. Who, exactly, did the saving is up for debate. In any case, hot new biopic Love & Mercy, fleshes out the less-familiar trope of “saving the artist,” and our own Robert Burke Warren digs that. Continue reading




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