I recently resumed my conversation with Andre Dubus Tres ( It began in 2001 here) which you can find here. We, of course chat about his new opus, Townie: A Memoir. He says some smart things about memoir and autobiography:
I think of my mother-in-law who lives with us, a beautiful lady. She’s 89. She was on the phone with someone and she said, “Well, he has written his autobiography.” Not my autobiography—that’s like a life story. Who cares about me? It’s a memoir, and my take on the memoir is that you can write 10 memoirs about a life. Twenty. You can write about having been a father. You can write about being a carpenter. Being married and divorced five times. Whatever your experience is.
That’s right. So there Lorrie Moore.