Ben Yagoda
Columns // 2 Articles
Reviews // 1 Articles
Blogs // 1 Articles

In the Oft-Reviled Genre of Memoirs, Here are Some Memoirs to Love
23 Feb 2011 // 5:00 AM

A subgenre has emerged that should placate memoirphobes and please memoirfiles: the artist-teacher memoir.

The Lives of Others
31 Jan 2010 // 3:00 PM

There's a higher ratio of disposable schlock in the memoir than in other literary genres, but the best memoirs permit access to lives strange, twisted, wasted, brave, and glorious -- lives, in short, other than our own.


'The B-Side' Is an Entertaining Study of the American Songbook
20 Jan 2015 // 1:00 AM

This will be one big revelation for anyone steeped in a rock-centric understanding of pop history, and validation for those who treasure the Songbook in all its glory.


Genre Wars: Fiction Vs. Memoir
7 Jan 2010 // 3:09 PM

Ben Yagoda’s book, Memoir: A History, is a fun romp through centuries of autobiography and memoir. Starting in the fifth century with The Confessions

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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