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Inventing the Truth by William Knowlton Zinsser
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I love Zinsser. I love his writing, his thought process and his mind. His writing (included in this anthology) is planted on earth, graspable. He's an awesome editor as shown in this work. The collected essays deal with the many considerations inherent in memoir. This anthology includes the work of Dillard, Baker, Kazin, Morrison and Thomas. Dillard suggests that the re-writing of a memory will implant the edited version in the mind of its maker (71). Zinsser says, "Memoir is a window into a life" (21). Morrison equates memory to a flood, “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Knowlton Zinsser


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rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love Zinsser. I love his writing, his thought process and his mind. His writing (included in this anthology) is planted on earth, graspable. He's an awesome editor as shown in this work. The collected essays deal with the many considerations inherent in memoir. This anthology includes the work of Dillard, Baker, Kazin, Morrison and Thomas. Dillard suggests that the re-writing of a memory will implant the edited version in the mind of its maker (71). Zinsser says, "Memoir is a window into a life" (21). Morrison equates memory to a flood, “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
Writers are like that: remembering where we were…the light that was there and the route back to our original place. It's an emotional memory…" (119).

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