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Andre Aciman on Memoir

February 1, 2012

… all memoirists lie. We alter the truth on paper so as to alter it in fact; we lie about our past and invent surrogate memories the better to make sense of our lives and live the life we know was truly ours. We write about our life, not to see it as it was, but to see it as we wish others might see it, so we may borrow their gaze and begin to see our life through their eyes, not ours.

Andre Aciman. “A Literary Pilgrim Progresses to the Past”—Writers on Writing Series. New York Times, April 28, 2000

YouTube video of Aciman on Writing ,  Created by Stanford University, Uploaded, December 11, 2009

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  1. November 5, 2012 8:32 am

    Thank you linking Aciman’s lecture. His advice to new young writers applies to everyone–read the classics.

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