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Video: Telling Your Secrets Can Set You Free | Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos never planned to write a book about her experiences as a heroin addict and professional dominatrix, but the result of exposing and making sense out of her dark history had profound and unexpected results. By making her darkness visible, she reached thousands of strangers and became closer with her own family. “This kind of honesty,” she claims, “makes room for every kind of love.”

December 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: On Memory and Writing

In one of my favorite memories, I am peeking through my fingers, shivering, as New York Harbor, the heliport, the bustling-streets of New York City, and–even the skyscrapers— plummet away … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · 6 Comments

Mike James: Memoir

  he wanted to be alone after a while was   still, even without people there was light at the window   it hung from a tree on one leaf … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Vigilance at Sea

My wife and I once sailed on the Mariel, a Chinese-made freighter with five cavernous holds loaded with lemon peels soaked in molasses, bought from an orange juice factory in … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: A Slightly Hard-Boiled History of my Life as it Moves Slowly away from Cities

It was the summer of 1996. I’d just gotten the money from my discrimination settlement, so Heather and I celebrated by meeting in the great city of Chicago when her … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Camouflage: Strangers with Secrets Meet in Post-War Germany

A Memoir: It was 1957, twelve years after the end of the war in Karlsruhe, West Germany. Most of the scars from the heavy Allied air raids had been covered … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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