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Dear Garrison, I recently heard
February 2, 2006 |
I recently heard you say you are writing your memoirs. Then in your recent Old Scout, you mentioned a book you'd labored on for two years that you were ready to throw out. I hope these aren't the same book. The memoir is my favorite genre, and APHC is my favorite show of any media. Please say you will finish your memoir.
I like certain memoirs too, Kathleen, like Philip Roth's "Patrimony" and John Updike's "Self-Consciousness" and of course Mr. Pepys's diaries (the unexpurgated version). And now Roger Angell is turning out a beautiful one which has appeared in the New Yorker bit by bit over the past fifteen years or so. Look up the most recent entry, from January. I haven't written one because I know how much time it would take to do it the way I'd want. And I don't have a strong motive.But the book I dumped wasn't a memoir, it was a novelization of a movie screenplay. No tears need be shed for that.