Archive for April, 2013

Blog #98: Refraining from Faulting Frayn—A Brief Review of My Father’s Fortune

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs I’m busy with several projects, and yesterday a particularly nasty plumbing job stole five hours out of my week so I am going to have to cannibalize myself again. The following short Michael Frayn review is taken from one of the projects I’m working on, a very exciting project [...]

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Blog # 97: Multiplying Matremoirs Part II: My Mother’s Story and Telltale Souls: Writing the Mother Memoir

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs I added ten new matremoirs to my list today, and I am now up to seventy-one. In a talk I gave to the American Popular Culture national conference in Washington, DC, last month, I suggested this decade would see a boom in matremoirs. I had also previously addressed the [...]

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Blog #96: Greg Bellow, Children of Writers, and Patremoir Pressure

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs As so often, a misleading blog title. This blog is more about marketing than anything else. Of course, all my blogs are partly intended as a form of marketing, but in this blog I want to reflect a little on that marketing and the way in which it distorts [...]

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Blog #95: Brothers Emanuel, The Help, and Marketing Fathers

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs While in Washington, I went to hear Ezekiel Emanuel talk about his newly published family memoir, Brothers Emanuel, and I also bought a copy. The book now has me wrestling with the concept of “good.” Brothers Emanuel is well written and mildly entertaining, and I know I could not [...]

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Blog #94: Fathers and the American Popular Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Although I haven’t blogged in well over a week, I’ve got a good excuse. I’ve been attending the Washington, D.C., American Popular Culture National Conference, where I had a good time promoting Fathers: A Literary anthology and sharing my ideas about the patremoir. I also learned a lot about [...]

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