THREAD: Give A Memoir A Gold Medal

I just got back home from teaching a nonfiction writing workshop in Portland, Oregon for Tin House. Here’s something I often say as a mentor: Writing a memoir is an artistic triathlon made of three essential questions:

  • Is the narrative coherent?

  • Does this narrative have a rich relationship with The Truth?

  • Have you made your narrative memorable?

WHEW. Each of those questions are tricky and demand careful attention. My friend Isaac’s new book DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS is excellent for many reasons, but also because the writing answers and actually transcends those three questions. It’s out now. And I’m excited for y’all to read it.

Tell me about some memoirs you think deserve a gold medal.