memoir

‘Mettlework’ Excavates Myths of American Motherhood

‘Mettlework’ Excavates Myths of American Motherhood

Poet and author Jessica E. Johnson’s memoir Mettlework excavates myths of motherhood and girlhood in mining towns across America.

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Riot Grrrl’s activism and grass-roots activity showed the movement was more concerned with breaking the rules and conventions than breaking through in punk.

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

The interviews of rock widows in I Can’t Remember If I Cried reveal life for these women when their husbands exit the stage, the music stops, and the silence roars

‘Grief Is for People’ Is a Loving Model for Sudden Loss

‘Grief Is for People’ Is a Loving Model for Sudden Loss

Grief Is for People is a loving portrait of a dear friend and an offering of shared wisdom for the bereaved rooted in emotional chaos and its subsequent clarity.

The Magnificent Dance of ‘The Swans of Harlem’

The Magnificent Dance of ‘The Swans of Harlem’

In her dance history book The Swans of Harlem, author Karen Valby structures a magnificent, wide-ranging, complex narrative that’s both engaging and emotional.

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

Robyn Hitchcock’s memoir 1967 taps into the music high that untethered the restraints of boarding school and shaped his life and music for eternity.

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Sociopath author Patric Gagne asks readers to reconsider their perceptions of sociopathy, arguing that people who struggle to feel empathy still deserve to receive it.

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Like Steve Reich’s Different Trains, Jordan Mechner’s graphic memoir Replay is a work of introspection that looks to history and tragic synchronicity.

The Tooth Hurts: John Patrick Higgins on Pain and Porcelain

The Tooth Hurts: John Patrick Higgins on Pain and Porcelain

John Patrick Higgins chatters about his newfound porcelain immortality and the tooth hurt endured for his new book, Teeth: An Oral History.

Sasha Frere-Jones: Portrait of the Critic as a Young Man

Sasha Frere-Jones: Portrait of the Critic as a Young Man

Sasha Frere-Jones’ anti-memoir memoir, Earlier, moves around in time without clear logic, keeping things alive and even suspenseful, though somewhat cryptically.

Personal Canons: Peter Coviello on Prince, Pavement, and Parenthood

Personal Canons: Peter Coviello on Prince, Pavement, and Parenthood

Blending personal experience with popular culture, Peter Coviello seeks to democratize how criticism is understood and practiced in Is There God after Prince?

Video Game History Preservation: It’s Not All Fun and Games

Video Game History Preservation: It’s Not All Fun and Games

It’s Not All Fun and Games is straightforward in manner and unconcerned with critical introspection. It’s a practical affair about how games are produced.