I began training in academic writing 30 years ago, and grew proficient in structuring an article or book with careful argumentation, critical reading, analytic structure, and citation. Yet, for the past five years, I have found that I seldom read that kind of academic writing cover-to-cover, and take less pleasure in writing it.
My attraction to memoir and creative nonfiction also has to do with my admiration for the writing that is being produced today. Why should academic writing be at odds with the kind of intelligent reflective writing being published in magazines, memoirs, online fora, and blogs? How can I make my knowledge about contemporary culture, politics, philosophy, and history accessible and relevant to readers who have access to so many different sources of information?