Lance Bass. Sarah Palin. Kathy Griffin. What do these three people have in common? They've all written completely unnecessary memoirs. Why is that? Why does every two-bit celebrity trying to recapture their spent 15 minutes of fame feel the need to put pen to paper and tell their untold story? And, for that matter, why do normal folk write their own memoirs? It almost seems like writing a memoir is part of the natural process of aging. Is it just for the chance to make some money? Or is there some other reason we are obsessed with writing our life stories? Author Thomas Larson dares to tackle these questions and explore our collective desire to document our existence through narrative with his book, The Memoir and the Memoirist (Swallow Press). On one hand, Larson notes, memoirs are a cheap way for flaky celebrities to make a quick buck and, perhaps more importantly, stay in the public eye. On the other, he recognizes that writing life stories can be therapeutic and vital in preserving family history. In addition to discussing this topic at Magers & Quinn, Larson will also conduct a memoir writing class at the Loft Literary Center on Saturday. You can be just like Justin Timberlake's old sidekick!
Fri., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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