Archive for February, 2012

Patremoir Tweet Summary #8: I Had a Father by Clark Blaise

TweetClark Blaise describes I Had a Father: A Post-Modern Autobiography as “ the autobiography of a consciousness fighting to achieve sovereignty over its own experiences.” The word “sovereignty is well chosen. Blaise belongs to the tribe of patremoir writers who use their fathers to imagine themselves in geographical terms. “Geography is destiny,” he claims, as [...]

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Blog #37: How to Name a Publisher

TweetOf Names and Colophons My name is Gerard. Andre Gerard. I’m a publisher. A self-publisher. My publishing house is Patremoir Press. The press colophon is a small frog, verdant, with a P a t r e m o i Press jackboot pressing down upon him. Why a frog? Why a jackboot? Some things are best [...]

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Matremoir Tweet Summary #1: Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

TweetWhy Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape 2011) Like many patremoirs, Winterson’s matremoir is as much about the power of storytelling as it is about the parent. Good writers know how words create reality, and when writing about their parents, they are also acutely aware of how “Truth for [...]

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Blog #36: Two Tesses–Tess Bond and Tess Gallagher

TweetTess Bond and Tess Gallagher I now have two Tesses in my life, and a new regret. On Wednesday night, I went to hear Theresa Gallagher read from Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems. Her poetry, unknown to me, was a revelation of bright darkness—tough and tender, mourn and gleam; one minute laughing, the next [...]

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Patremoir Tweet Summary #7: In the Long Run by Jim Axelrod

TweetPatremoirs are written for many different reasons. Some are largely acts of tribute and memorialization; Philip Roth’s Patrimony has strong elements of this. Some, like Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son, have an agenda of recrimination and self-justification. Others are written to make sense of the man, attempts to get closer through investigation and imagination. Think [...]

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