Memoir

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Codependence: A Q&A With Author Amy Long

I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Amy Long's memoir in essays, Codependence. It's a remarkable debut — a fascinating read that explores the intersections of chronic pain and opioid addiction, and elicits questions about our current approach to the opioid crisis. 


Codependence — Amy Long

Your book offers a nuanced and complex look into all angles of dependence, both on opioids and within relationships. When did you start writing about opioid use and dependence? 

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Just Walk: An Excerpt From The Buddha Sat Right Here

Here I have one task — walk. No schedules to keep. No to-do list. Nobody paging me or pulling at my attention.

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Esmé Weijun Wang Strips Away The Caricature of Schizophrenia

Freeing a human experience from of the muck of its stereotypes is especially important with something like the schizophrenias.

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I suggest that no story, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, is real. (Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash)

Fact And Fiction Are Different Truths

The more I read, the more I’m convinced that there’s no meaningful difference between fiction and the memoir we call nonfiction.

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How Do Memoirists Survive Telling Their Hard Stories? 

"Writing about trauma or difficult experiences doesn’t repair that trauma,” said Melanie. “It doesn’t make it go away. But I kept hearing what a transformative thing it was for [the memoirists] to shape these stories into something that they could be proud of.”

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Dear Maytag: I'm Sorry My Father Inadvertently Turned Our Washing Machine Into A Bomb

The force of the blast blew every window out of our house. Just another Sunday in my home.

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Things My Exes Left Behind: Lavender Lotion Scented With Heartache

I put the lotion on my skin for a week after they left, hoping that it would bring me stop-gap solace until they forgave me and came back.

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