Confessional accounts are popular today. Memoirs seem to compete to tell the most secrets. A Martian reading these books would think all American families are full of abuse, alcoholism, and conflict. Accordingly, some biographers expose every failing of a subject to the neglect of its virtues. These books offer solace to those readers who have… Continue reading Ethics in Writing Lives
I am preoccupied with the final editing of Gypsy and the Bird Man, a cultural family history. I wrote about my mother’s fund raisers and realized my memory lacked specifics. Then I remembered an online source that might help: http://www.Newspapers.com. Over the decades my least favorite part of research has been finding news articles. First… Continue reading Secondary Sources: Newspapers Online
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