Meghan Daum's latest book of essays is The Unspeakable.
“As writers we think, well there has to be closure, there has to be a beginning middle end, the character has to go through a change. And then in life we're supposed to have some sort of arc or aha moment, as if the experience isn't legitimate unless we get something out of it. That's so culturally constructed, as they say. It's so artificial.”
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- Daum on Longform
- [1:00] The Unspeakable (Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2014)
- [1:00] "My Misspent Youth" (New Yorker • Oct 1999)
- [18:00] "All About My Mother" (The Guardian • Nov 2014)
- [35:00] Daum’s archive of Los Angeles Times columns
- [38:00] My Misspent Youth (Open City Books • 2001)