Memoirs from the Underside, Volume One
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Heartfelt, intimate, and painfully honest. Wolf Post-publication Experiences. In I began casually experimenting with the short story genre.
I was writing about special moments in my life, primarily for my children and grandchildren, though also for myself. With years of academic publishing under my belt, I wanted to write as a more personal experience: to bring back long-lost voices of loved ones; to again participate in special events of my early years; to enter and unravel suppressed feelings and memories. He said to me: "Your collection of short stories could be shaped into a book.
Your writing is the story of a generation, the story of America.
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And I'd like to be your editor. Four years later, My New Orleans became a reality. The immediate press was thrilling. In his full page Wall Street Journal review with the headline "The Place He Once Was From," Winston Groom observed: " Wolf's memoir is about his city, its snobby topside and seamy underside, about New Orleans contrasted with the Ivy League, and about how he came to be, of all things, an urban planner when, in this reviewer's opinion, he should have stuck to writing.
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But it was Walter Isaacson-a celebrated and accomplished fellow New Orleanian and author-who memorialized what I found most gratifying. His endorsement was succinct: "I loved it.
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My project-with its universal themes of fear, loss, shame, prejudice, striving, forgiveness, risk taking and love-created openings into the lives of others, for themselves. While writing a book, I'd created a multi-faceted mirror. The flood of correspondence from all over the country lasted over a year and a half. In letters and emails people of all ages reached out and told me of ways they reconnected to parts of their own past in reading my memoir. What an intoxicating whirl it all is. Round and round Michael spins.
But there are shadows, too.
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After school, he tries to get away from her, but to no avail. All this is entertainingly, and sometimes beautifully, told.
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Frank, as his aunt once told him, can write. But it is also too much : his account is so partial the reader comes to suspect, if not its essential truth, then at least its purpose. He attributes her modus operandi to fear, but his diagnosis is sympathy-free: this terror is born, by his telling, only of snobbery and narcissism. There is, in particular, something obscene about his descriptions of his aunt and uncle in old age.
What right has he to tell Hank how she should treat her husband of more than 60 years as he lies dying, let alone to criticise the way she grieves? As I read, I assumed that Harriet Frank was long dead.
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It may be that her health is poor, that she is no longer able to read or to hear gossip. All the same, there is, to me, unwarranted cruelty here. What, in the end, did she really do to her nephew? She was difficult and spiteful, but he never lived with her — and in any case, he escaped her clutches long ago.