All tagged Memoir

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #5

Nowadays, despite claims of Latin American exclusivity, magic realism is considered an international commodity. Critics are even proposing a connection between magic realism and postmodernism, some of their shared characteristics being “the dissolution of character and narrative instance, the erasure of boundaries, and the destabilization of the reader.”

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #2

Ever since One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez drew the world's attention, some have applauded the magic realism as a significant international literary movement while others either see it as no more than Latin America’s ‘authentic expression’ or refer to it as a postcolonial style per se.

What is the Gist of Your Story? #16

When Ed Gaydos discovered that the website of his old artillery regiment is littered with pleas for information about loved ones who are either dead or frozen in silence about Vietnam, he realized it was time for him “to start talking and to leave something for the next generation beyond dates on a tombstone and an old fatigue shirt.”

What is the Gist of Your Story? #15

Most memoirists tell their own stories, often because they feel the need to vindicate themselves and other times for catharsis or self-actualization. But there are stories about people and cultures that, if they are not recorded, might be lost to the rest of the world—people who deserve to be remembered, histories that should not be sacrificed in the name of progress.

What is the Gist of Your Story? #14

My life and experiences of those around me serve as inspiration and are my motivation for the stories I tell. What began as a healing process has turned into so much more. My stories are not your typical ‘love at first sight’ or ‘the rich hero falling in love with the everyday heroine’. 

What is the Gist of Your Story? #13

My team experiences taught me tolerance as I learned to live with inner city blacks, gays, French and Germans.  As an educator, I applied that understanding and empathy to my teaching and coaching, as well as to my new experience as an expat in a different, more tolerant society.