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On Dani Shapiro and memoir in the age of social media
On Dani Shapiro and memoir in the age of social media

Over at the New Yorker, Dani Shapiro meditates on memoir in the age of social media. “I’m a bit of an accidental memoirist,” she admits, describing her writing life. “I’ve written five novels and three memoirs. I never planned to write memoir at all … [b]ut we don’t choose the forms our work takes. We feel the pressure, wait for the explosion, then stand back, stunned and speechless at the shape that emerges.” Shapiro — whose most recent book, “Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,” came out last year — is absolutely right about that: The best and most honest books are those that catch us...

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