Communing with your significant dead is what it amounts to, and that is an exhausting thing.Not unpleasant, but still hard work." ~ Martin Amis, on BBC's website about writing one's memoirs"Every American may be working on a screenplay, but we are also continually updating a treatment of our own life - and the way in which we visualize each scene not only shapes how we think about ourselves, but how we behave, new studies find.But as we went along I realized that it was actually a funny kind of therapy.
All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. bonds people together far more than shared chromosomes . And it had a profound effect upon me." ~Mary Caplain, about her experience doing a 40-minute interview with Story Corps (link below)I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal.
~ Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story and Writing the New Autobiography"Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us? When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed.
Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg ($19.95). Spanning more than a century, these intriguing reflections of personal as well as global social and political history are told in the unique voice and viewpoint of each storyteller." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, author, Writing from Life, founder, Story Circle Network This anthology sings with Walt Whitmans spirit of democracy, a celebration of our diversity. "I think when we dont speak things out loud, when they stay inside of us, they take on a different meaning. I think when we speak and hear our own words out loud and remember things behind the words and the feelings, it takes on a different meaning.
Each selection is a song of self; some have perfect pitch, some the waver of authenticity. a family knows itself to be a family through its shared stories." ~ Daniel Taylor, in The Healing Power of Stories"A friend took me to Story Corps as a gift, as a surprise. So I thought I was going into I had no idea what I was going in to do. So I became not only a speaker, but also the listener, of my own words.
By better understanding how life stories are built, this work suggests, people may be able to alter their own narrative,in small ways and perhaps large ones..." ~ Benedict Carey, Science section, The New York Times"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.