We find stories in every little moment and gather them up readily. We imagine that the unknown isn’t the worst scenario and we try to make sense of the senseless. We look for the silver lining and the whys and … Continue reading Looking Back | April.
We do not recover the past, we re-create it: an act of dramaturgy if there ever was one. Memory edits things, colors them, mixes cement with the rainbow, does whatever’s needed to make the story work. María Gainza, Thomas Bunstead … Continue reading Looking Back | March.
Time’s a goon. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Good Squad I’ve already talked (so much!) about how much I enjoyed and learned from Liz Lamoreux in her Five Things workshop. I captured a lot of those learnings in my … Continue reading Looking Back | February.
A friend wrote me recently, ‘Winter reveals structure.’ Only as the structure is firmly there are we able to dress it with the lovely trappings of spring, budding leaves, rosy blossoms. Winter is the quiet, fallow time when the earth … Continue reading Looking Back | January.
If only time could be seen whole, then you could see the past remaining intact, instead of vanishing in the rearview mirror. Dani Shapiro, Signal Fires One of the (many) things I loved about Signal Fires was how it looked … Continue reading Looking Back | December.
So perhaps there were people who would like to hear about feelings, but I did not think they were people I would want to know. Helen DeWitt, The English Understand Wool Those words made me laugh out loud because people … Continue reading Looking Back | November.
Her memory for unhappiness and misery was terrible. Maybe she willed this into being and maybe it was neurological, but somehow I have inherited this tendency – of all my inheritances, it is my favorite, the most useful, though I … Continue reading Looking Back | September & October.
It’s a strange business, turning those days into sentences, and then paragraphs. Elizabeth McCracken, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination Some months it feels strange, too, stringing together stories based on a collection of photographs. And yet, … Continue reading Looking Back | August.
Any story could be a comedy or a tragedy, depending on where you ended it. That was the magic, how the same story could be told in an infinite number of ways. Emma Straub, This Time Tomorrow July’s story didn’t … Continue reading Looking Back | July.
The power of story is to heal and to sustain. And if we are brave enough to tell our own story, we realize we’re not alone, again and again. Suleika Jaouad, Between Two Kingdoms June’s story took me to some … Continue reading Looking Back | June.