Articles in arts & in & society tagged with memoir

A recording of our virtual literary event with three generations of Black women writers.

Andrew Spieldenner

“I was living in fast-forward, trying desperately to have a life before I died.” A veteran AIDS activist recalls living in the Bay Area during the 1990s, the queer people of color usually left out of the epidemic’s history, and how the decade taught him to value endings.

Houman Barekat

Newly translated into English, Minae Mizumura’s An I-Novel is a vivid portrait of immigrant displacement and the ironies of our global cultural ecosystem.

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Christina Knight Sonia Sanchez

In this searching interview, legendary Black Arts poet Sonia Sanchez discusses the ancestral influences on her work and how art can give us strength.

Deborah Taffa The Millions Machu Picchu
Deborah Taffa

“Healing never restores us to the way we were before getting hurt.” A trip to Machu Picchu ends up offering surprising insights into what it means to be a survivor of the genocide of Native Americans.

Michael McColly Care COVID HIV AIDS
Michael McColly

Indifference toward the most vulnerable has driven the death toll of COVID-19, just as it did during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Against this backdrop, even small acts of kindness can make a difference.

Peter Coviello Mercy Hours
Peter Coviello

On being awestruck by literature, and the necessary pleasures of intimacy—near and remote—during quarantine.

Ileana Nachescu Walks in the Park Ramona Balutescu
Ileana Nachescu

December 22 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the overthrow of the Romanian socialist state of Nicolae Ceaușescu. In a work of memoir, Nachescu recalls growing up under communism and wonders about the world Romanians hoped would follow its fall.

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David Ritz

Grammy winner David Ritz, who cowrote Marvin Gaye’s legendary “Sexual Healing,” recalls how the song emerged from Gaye’s struggles with faith, drug addiction, and childhood abuse.

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Peter E. Gordon

A personal essay on family, death, and the healing power of music.