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Naked, Drunk and Writing by Adair Lara
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Mar 21, 2012

did not like it
Read from March 16 to 21, 2012

Gender issues: "All women are like BLAH BLAH. All men are like BLAH BLAH."

Psychology issues: "don't be a victim; don't ever say you're in therapy; if you have a theraputic insight, write it as coming from a talk with a friend or a sister." Because why? Author bias, apparently, since there's no reason given for this find and replace your therapist advice. Books like Hornbacher's Mania and Wasted, the Prozac Diaries, and Girl, Interrupted are classic memoirs that prove there is an audience for memoirs about therapy and mental health. It's a little insulting to the reader that, if you need mental health assistance, Lara thinks you have to hide it like a dirty secret to write a "good" memoir.

Honesty issues: this is a book about memoirs and personal essays, but Lara advocates changing dates, characters and events to make the book read better. Reading this book during the public debate about Sedaris books being nonfiction or fiction, it seemed odd that Lara's answer to ambiguity or lapsed memory is to make something up.
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