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PODCAST #57: Sandra Tsing Loh

PODCAST #57: Sandra Tsing Loh

Colin Marshall interviews Sandra Tsing Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143555305" params="color...

The Young Man and the Sea

The Young Man and the Sea

JUSTIN HOCKING’S DEBUT memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, could have been about a young man who was robbed at gunpoint, losing the laptop that contained his novel (which he hadn’t ba...

You Live Your Life as If It’s Real

You Live Your Life as If It’s Real

IN “A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP,” from his 2001 album Ten New Songs, Leonard Cohen sings, “You live your life as if it’s real.” Most of us rarely question the “reality” of that life — but o...

Visiting Elizabeth Bishop’s Maine

Visiting Elizabeth Bishop’s Maine

IT IS DIFFICULT to describe the shape of North Haven, one of the dozens of tiny islands that fleck Penobscot Bay, about halfway up the coast of Maine. This island, particularly, sits well west of Deer...

Company

Company

I KNOW WHAT GEORGE was wearing that night. Not because I remember, exactly, but because he always wore the same thing in those days: a pair of cut-off Levis, two or three frayed threads noodling over ...

Descent into the Desert

Descent into the Desert

TO NOT EAT, or to eat very little, is one way to control what one takes in from the world. To go hungry is the ascetic desert retreat in miniature. One leaves the world and descends into the desert in...

Claire Luchette Interviews Cliff Chase

Claire Luchette Interviews Cliff Chase

 CLIFF CHASE'S MEMOIR The Tooth Fairy reads like a very honest, very poignant Twitter feed. A collection of single-sentence present-tense moments and observations in the writer’s life, the memoir d...

The Self as Sediment

The Self as Sediment

IF YOU’VE EVER sat through a silent 10-day meditation retreat, you know the spectacle that is the human mind — the monkey mind (as the Buddhists call it), the clamoring mind; the memories rising, ...

The Memoir of the Immediate

The Memoir of the Immediate

For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don't know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live w...