Monday, December 8, 2008

Like a memoir wasn't enough?

I swore I wasn't going to blog since I've written a three volume memoir; but hey, how else can I ever tell you what I left out of my memoir?

When I wrote TOO CLOSE TO THE FALLS, I was really 'creating' a character even though that character was me. I could calculate what embarrassing moments I'd reveal, and how much bravado versus insecurity I would include. Memory is a screen that only allows a certain previously created self to emerge. A blog is the here and now. It doesn't have to create a unified character. I don't have to strive to be Boswell or Samuel Pepys. I'm thrilled that I can let it rip. I can be Charles Manson one day and Mother Theresa the next.

I've called my blog Gildiner's Gospel mostly because of the alliteration, but also because no one can tell me I'm wrong. It's my pulpit. After all those years in Catholic school, there is something comforting about being Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all rolled into one faded blonde.


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