I agree with… Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk “It takes a particular kind of courage to write memoir. All writing – all creativity – involves self-exposure, but in memoir the exposure is twofold. The self is both subject and author, and as authors we are duty-bound to treat our subjects with the greatest possible objectivity. Is it possible, or even desirable, to be truly objective about oneself? And what value does that objectivity, if achieved, have for the reader?”
[Rachel Cusk, in an interview at ‘Mslexia’ magazine]

Rachel Cusk

[photo: www.guardian.co.uk]

I’ve always been too intimidated to attempt memoir, though I have used my experiences in my fiction particularly for setting. But I do agree that all creativity must involve self-exposure, or be weaker for the omission. Surely in order to write, we have to be self-aware and with that self-awareness comes objectivity?

If you agree with Rachel Cusk, perhaps you will agree with:-
Lizzie Enfieldon women’s revenge
Antony Gormleyeverybody says what does it mean, but what does life mean?
Joanne HarrisI’ve always read, and I’ve always written

Rachel Cusk


‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk [UK: Thorndike]

Read my review of Outline.

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  1. I love this, Sandra. Hope you don’t mind but I have ‘Pressed This’ to my blog. Yours was a serendipitous blog for me today because I have been vascilating, attempting to build courage to ‘publish’ a just-such-courage-requiring bit of writing.


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