I’m excited that my first guest post on the terrific Brevity blog is now online. It’s a riff on a satirical attack on memoir-writing in the new play Seminar by Theresa Rebeck, which I recently saw in preview. The remarkable Alan Rickman (who I have adored ever since Truly Madly Deeply) plays Leonard, a formidable writing instructor. Although the play celebrates a firmly Romantic view of the writer, it’s worth the price of admission for the wonderful acting and sharp dialogue.
Part of the play’s action turns on a memoir by a former boy soldier turned cross-dressing writer. My post at Brevity asks: Can some memoirs be considered a form of literary transvestism?