Issue 22 / 2004


22 / Creative Nonfiction in the Crosshairs

This issue responds to the recent barrage of criticism from journalists and critics of the genre.

In her essay “Zane Grey on a Carousel in Indian Territory,” Diana Hume George exposes long-standing stereotypes of Native American men as sexual predators, inspired by a hackneyed Hallmark made-for-TV Easter special. In “Hoop Sex,” novelist Theodore Weesner, author of Car Thief and other highly praised fiction, explores the inherent sexuality in recreational sports, specifically basketball.

Erin O’Neill’s “East Wind” deftly fuses memoir and travelogue in a lyrical reflection on foreign landscapes, both physical and familial. Laurie Lynn Drummond tells funny, often frightening stories about her days as a police officer in Baton Rouge. Sallie Tisdale, author of the best-selling Talk Dirty to Me, discusses the complications of having work reprinted, reproduced, edited, and degraded by inane “review questions” in introductory literature textbooks.

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