Memoirs In Progress Archive

Interview: Heather Sellers, author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Heather Sellers, author of the new memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, talks with Vivian Chum about face blindness, writing memoir, and family.

You Gotta Move

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

“Moving is among the most stressful things Americans ever experience—not least because it often involves extortion,” writes Marshall Poe. Check out his essay, “You Gotta Move,” about the shadiest operation in town.

A few questions for Kipp Friedman

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Last week, we published Kipp Friedman’s “Life With Father,” about the author’s year with his recently divorced father in late-1970s New York City. We asked him a few questions his father, his son, and his relationship with the city in which he was raised.

Life With Father (1977-1978): Part 2

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

When Kipp Friedman was 16 years old, he moved in with his father, the novelist and playwright Bruce Jay Friedman. Be sure to check out the second part of “Life with Father” here.

Life with Father (1977-1978)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

When Kipp Friedman was 16 years old, he moved in with his father, the novelist and playwright Bruce Jay Friedman. In “Life with Father,” he writes about coming of age in center of the New York arts scene.

SMITH Loves Lists

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Lists are all the rage these days, so with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we want your love lists. Unrequited crushes, biggest embarrassments in bed, what you want—or really don’t want—in your next relationship. Click here and start listing.

My Life in Lists

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Some people keep journals. Stacy Abramson makes lists. The sum of her life with bullet points and photographs is just as revealing as a 2,000-word essay. Read her piece, “My Life in Lists,” and make a list of your own.

Two Takes on Teens

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Access your inner angst, sneak a cigarette in the boys’ bathroom, and then ready your clicking finger for two totally different peeks at the inner workings of the high school mind. On the NQWIWP blog, South Texas teens display the original artwork they created for their own Six-Word Memoir gallery. In Memoirville, indie publishing hero [...]

I Removed Myself by Kevin Sampsell

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Kevin Sampsell is one of those guys so in line with SMITH’s ideals, we want to put him in our collective pocket and take him home. He’s runs a small press, works at an independent bookstore, and writes intensely personal true stories. Thus far, we’ve had to settle for sharing root beers with him in [...]

Excerpt: Pretty is What Changes by Jessica Queller

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The follow is an excerpt from Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny by Jessica Queller. Read Rebecca Paoletti’s interview with Queller.
“I’d fallen down the rabbit hole and decks of cards were talking. As if the logic and rules of my universe had suddenly changed. [...]

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