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"The Five Rs of Creative Nonfiction" Lee Gutkind


"How Not to Write A Book Review" Robert Pinsky


"Daddy" Linda Nevin: exquisite brief essay


JC Hallman's "On Repetition" @ The Millions


Joyce Carol Oates's 1988 use of the term Pathography, in a NYT review, to describe vindictive biographies


"Character in Nonfiction" Donald Morrill


A Dialogue between Joyce Carol Oates and Meghan O'Rourke Memoir & Grief


Sarah Gorham's beautiful essay "The Art of Lying"


Daniel Mendelsohn's review of Ben Yagoda's Memoir: A History in The New Yorker January 25, 2010 But Enough About Me


Marion Winik's article, Los Angeles Times: The Pitfalls of One's Recall


Fascinating New York Times's Blog: "The Memoir and Children's Privacy"


My Favorite Blog: Richard Gilbert's "Narrative"


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Thanks to River Teeth, my memoir essay, "What It Was My Father Came Here to Get Away From," has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2018.

San Diego Troubadour: "Death & a Return to Wholeness: Joe Garrison's The Broken Jar." November 1, 2017.

H. Paul Moon's Documentary: "Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty."

Berfrois UK: "Thomas Merton & the Language of Spirituality." October 19, 2017.

River Teeth: "Words & Their Users: Wresting with John D'Agata's Canonry." October 4, 2017.


The Memoir & the Memoirist: Tenth year, Fourth printing.

The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease. Paperback / e-Book.

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