Precious Cargo

Refreshingly Bitter And Twisted Observations On Life's Passing Parade.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Augusten Burroughs, Memoir Hustler

The hook used to sell most memoirs is that the astonishing events revealed really happened. Otherwise, you're left with what usually amounts to a mediocre to crappily written book about someone with no significant achievements in life. I have yet to read one of these books. I read an article in Vanity Fair in 1996 about the memoir craze and Kathryn Harrison's The Kiss. I was skeptical then and now.


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