Newsletters / #018 In Case You Missed It
December 21, 2021
My Brother Might Never Meet My BabyWhat can you do when a family member falls into conspiracy theory thinking?
Amanda J. Crawford
[Family Secret]Sometimes grandmas tell you things they shouldn't
Jill Sisson Quinn & Ramya Rajagopalan
Losing, Yet Winning, in Life’s Genetic LotteryAn inherited mutation inspires a family-run patient advocacy group
One of ManyMaggie Mertens, struggling to fit her very large family into a memoir, is surprised to learn how many well-regarded memoirists also come from large families, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from their stories
Use of Family Members as CharactersIn his popular memoir, “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” David Sedaris analogizes his work as a memoirist to that of a garbage man discarding the family trash. The job stinks.
Minh Phuong Nguyen
Suffering SelfIn November of 1988—eight years after he had failed his escape attempt by boat, was captured, was imprisoned, ran away, was recaptured while smoking a cigarette, was imprisoned again, dug hundreds of thousands of spoons of dirt, did not dig quickly enough, had his ankles chained to the prison cell, finally escaped with the help of a Northern soldier and had arrest warrants posted on him, and five years after he had settled in Da Lat in his mother’s house, had begun to consider himself safe from his past, had met my mother, married her and had three children—my father was talking with his uncle, who typed American papers and documents for clients.
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