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In Which I Feel Guilty for Reading a Memoir

I read a memoir. It doesn’t matter which one it was; I’m still convinced they’re all more or less the same.

It was everything I’ve ever wanted in a memoir, including the self-aggrandizing, unapologetic reflections, and the use of humor to deflect the pain. And I really sort of loved how it stayed on point, never deviating to what might be really interesting and complicated in favor of what was easy and fun. It provided exactly what it promised up-front. There were no surprises (and when there were, they were quickly skipped over and forgotten or ignored). Expectations were fulfilled without fail.

The writing varied from reminding me of something my students might turn in (often banal and sentimental) to brutal and beautiful.

It was candy, in other words. Which was exactly what I wanted, I suppose.

Would I read another? Not soon, and certainly not a celebrity one. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (literally or figuratively).

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