Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Margaret, Misha, and (Faux-)Memoirs

I could link to any of the many, many links that are surfacing that discuss the latest memoir hoaxes.

Or, I could simply send you over to Margaret Soltan's University Diaries. One more excellent "academic" blog I read regularly.

I vote for the latter.

2 comments:

Lisa R. said...

Loved your friend's blog and her take on this.
This kind of thing makes it hard to look someone in the eye and say I write nonfiction. Sigh.

Erika D. said...

Hi, Lisa:

Thanks so much for your comment.

I've since read your blog post on this, too. Like you, I was really swayed by the NYT review (and also by the House and Home feature that ran last Thursday). Not to mention the online slideshow featuring the "memoirist's" 8-year-old child. Now I can't help thinking that one of the worst aspects of this hoax is the exploitation of that child.

Anyway. As for the University Diaries blog--I don't know the blogger (Margaret Soltan) personally, but I really do enjoy that blog. As a writer, I find Soltan's "close readings" and editorial comments especially appealing. I encourage you to keep visiting!

Best,
Erika