“Addresses the memoir in our time and the culture of confession and recovery . . . Reminds us why [Laurie Stone] is one of our most valued critics.”Kirkus Reviews
Close to the Bone
Memoirs of Hurt, Rage, and Desire
978-0-8021-3582-7 • $13.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1998
In this provocative collection of memoirs, eight acclaimed writers go about the risky business of telling their own secrets. Collectively, they provide what amounts to a psychic map of American life, from the streets of New York’s East Villagewhere Peter Trachtenberg’s affair with a fragile ex-prostitute becomes entwined with scenes from an imaginary film noir, to the trailer parks of southern Californiawhere, in a last-ditch bid for affection, Terminator dresses in drag and seduces his abusive mother’s boyfriend. in between, Jane Creighton has an affair with her gentle, sickly brother; Lois Gould recalls Businessmanthe flamboyant gentleman who had a string of red-haired mistresses and who, incidentally, was her father; Philip Lopate views his pathologically schlumpy dad in a nursing home; Laurie Stone searches for the connections between her creativity and her addiction to sex; Jerry Stahl remembers his rock-bottom days doing crack in Los Angeles; and Catherine Texier, an accomplished adult, meets her father for the first time in the south of France.
In her introduction, award-winning critic Laurie Stone gives the genre an incisive once-over and explores the question: Why is memoir so dominant on the literary scene? These storiesfilled with harrowing self-knowledge, as antic as they are hauntinggo a long way toward answering that question.
Brother, by Jane Creighton
Pipe to the Head, by Jerry Stahl
My Father’s Picture, by Catherine Texier
Businessman, by Lois Gould
Recalled to Life, by Laurie Stone
The Story of My Father, by Phillip Lopate
I Kiss Her Goodbye, Peter Trachtenberg
Baby Doll, by Terminator