The Art of Memoir by Camilla Gibb

Canadian writer and anthropologist by training, Camilla Gibb, reviews Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir  in today’s edition of The Globe and Mail. Gibb writes, “We live in the most autobiographical era of human history, documenting and sharing the minutiae of our daily lives. It’s hard to know what impact this will have on memoirs yet unwritten: If you remember the sweet crunch of an apple you had in your lunch box on the first day of school, but an old Instagram photo reveals that it was an orange, which is truer: the taste in your mouth or the picture of a fruit you do not remember?” Something to ponder: what are the dividing lines between memoir and autoethnography?

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