“In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth. I think you have to be as true to your memory and your experience as you possibly can.”
Today’s Literary Birthday
Crime novelist James Ellroy was born on this day in 1948. Ellroy early novels set in Los Angeles gave him a cult following. His LA Quartet – Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, and White Jazz, marked a transition from traditional, hardboiled, noir crime to postmodern historiographic metafiction reflected in works like Blood’s a Rover.
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
Would you have liked to live during your parent’s era (when they were growing up)? Your grandparent’s?