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Friday, January 18, 2008



Your point about including diugloae in memoir is inspiring. Just today I was working on an essay about my mentally ill maternal grandmother living first with my newly-wed parents for 3; then with our whole family, after the kids came, for 10 years. I have the diaries and letters and my mom's Case History documentation so I have an intimate view of what i couldn't remember as a child. Creating diugloae out of this history would make it that much more accessible. Thanks! Also, re Rosie's comment about Lit it takes a little getting used to, but Karr's prose is so brilliant and evocative of time, place, emotion, senses (same in The Liar's Club) we just follow her anywhere. We're right there with her.

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