Is “Where You Were” Realer Than “What You Were Feeling?”

4 Mar

Big bummer for us all that Gregory Sherl could not be at AWP but his words showed up during all that mess. Read the big great stuff he says for the new Vouched Satellite post at Smalldoggies Magazine. 

I like to talk about memoir because I find it so fascinating. What is memoir? Is it an actual event that occurred, or is it an exact emotion that happened? Is where you were realer than what you were feeling? Can a book about the Oregon Trail be a memoir if the emotions are real? How many memoirs are false because some of the emotions that were going on during that time frame were omitted?

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