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Ep. 31: The Fall, Part 1 - The Narrators Podcast

I told a story at The Narrators a couple of weeks ago and now it’s on their podcast. The story is about how I was really nervous about kissing as a teen and finally had my first kiss at age 17. Check it out!

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It may be a problem of language. When I started Cherry, I realized there were no words to describe an awakening female libido. Boys have these childlike words like chubby and woody, but the parlance for female genitalia and female desires is too porno.

Looking at an early draft of Cherry, I said to myself, Oh my God, you’re superimposing a forty-year-old woman’s libido on a twelve-year-old girl. It seemed perverse. Like it’d inspire pedophiles to think that every young girl was Lolita. Eventually I realized I’d misrepresented the experience. A twelve-year-old writing a boy’s name on her notebook over and over doesn’t want to get boffed into guacamole. She wants the boy to bring her a valentine and put it in her lunch box.

Mary Karr talking about writing a memoir about adolescence. 

Link: http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/5992/the-art-of-memoir-no-1-mary-karr

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I stepped inside an Upper West Side nursing home, and met this man in the lobby. He was on his way to deliver a yellow teddy bear to his wife. “I visit her every day,” he said. “Even when the mind is gone, the heart shows through.”

Humans at their most human

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I stepped inside an Upper West Side nursing home, and met this man in the lobby. He was on his way to deliver a yellow teddy bear to his wife. “I visit her every day,” he said. “Even when the mind is gone, the heart shows through.”

Humans at their most human

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markd60 asked: Why does your new blog have no comments section? Why did you move to Denver? (good move)

1. I’d have to add DISQUS to have comments here. Maybe I’ll do that later this week. I just hadn’t thought about it.

2. I’ve wanted to move out of Chicagoland since high school and now that I’m 32 I was really beginning to feel like one of those people who always talks about moving and doesn’t do it. I didn’t own property, have a significant other, or have a full-time job so I figured the time was right.

I picked Denver because I wanted a city still, but wanted one smaller than Chicago. I also wanted one outside of the Midwest. Denver seems more outdoor oriented but still has lit and storytelling scenes so I liked that. I plan on staying here two years at least.

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“Oh Linda, you didn’t.” My sister says these words to me at least three times in every conversation we attempt. I am a renewable source of embarrassment to her.

So why do I write these things? Well, why does a writer. I write them because they are part of the story. And I write stories to heal wounds and get revenge and make people laugh and manage raging-tiger feelings. I write to get attention and approval and notice, even if it masquerades as frank outrage. I write in order to be understood, to understand, to get them all to like me well enough to sit beside me on the sofa in the front room and remember, bring it all back, and laugh and cry together at all the parts that should be laughed and cried about.

http://www.strawdogwriters.org/march-4-2013/

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