The Unbearable Awkwardness of Being by Devin Friedman - Sixteen years after he graduated from high school, a journalist returns to his alma mater.
Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes by David Foster Wallace - On childhood in the Midwest.
The Terrible Boy by Tom Junod - A brilliant reflection on what happens when bullying gets out of hand.
My Mom Couldn’t Cook by Tom Junod - “My mother was not just a mother, not just a mom. She was a dame. She was a broad. She was a beauty from Brooklyn.”
Raiders of the Lost Backyard by Jim Windolf - A childhood project that got out of hand and became a minor cult classic.
The Comfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen - Growing up with Snoopy.
Faking It by Michael Lewis - It’s not just middle-aged men who pose as teenagers online, sometimes it’s the other way round.
Music is My Bag by Meghan Daum - Growing up geek.
An Essay in Unitard Theory by Michael Chabon - The superpowers that can be unleashed by a scrap of terrycloth.
On Being an Only Child by Geoff Dyer - “As a kid I was so bored I assumed it was the basic condition of existence.”
The American Male at Age Ten by Susan Orlean - An extraordinary profile of an average American boy.
So far these are reminding me of the types of things I had to read in my memoir and nonfiction creative writing classes. I think I might read all of them before this day is over…