The Truth about Writing “The Truth” I am a poet sort of prose writer, by which I mean I don’t write to argue or to narrate so much as to listen, illuminate, and wander. I rarely know, …
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Reader: Marcia Aldrich Before she published her best-selling memoir Wild, Cheryl Strayed was an advice columnist. She wrote Dear Sugar for The Rumpus, a series gathered into the book Tiny Beautifu…
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“[Waveform] rides the ‘new wave’ in nonfiction essay writing with bravura, intelligence, and sensitivity.”—Kirkus Reviews
The idea for Waveform began some years ago when I became the editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. Submissions to that journal came from an abundant number of women writers, and I was consistently impressed by the quality of this writing.
It was clear that something needed to be done to shine a light on the wealth of essays by women writers, and in the fall of 2015, through conversations with the writer and teacher Jill Talbot, the idea for a collection by contemporary women essayists was born. From the start, I wanted an anthology that emphasized their innovations, rather than a collection organized by theme.
There are many nonfiction anthologies that highlight the range of the contemporary essay but do not focus on women. They attest to the enthusiasm for creative nonfiction and the demand for more diverse materials in the classroom. What has been missing is an anthology focusing on contemporary essays by women. What has been missing is Waveform.
Waveform grows out of the recognition that in our moment extraordinary writing is being done by women. I hope that it will have an impact upon the way we think about the contemporary essay. I am especially hopeful that it will be an attractive choice for use in the classroom.
My intent in the Waveform site is to give a little help to teachers and students who may be using Waveform. The site contains reviews and interviews, information about ordering the book, news of events, and brief reflections by the contributors on the composition of their essay. These comments are excellent sources for discussion. Also there are readers’ responses, informal engagements with the essays that report on the experience of reading and provide discussion questions.
The site will evolve as other materials appear. I am excited about discovering the ways it can serve the reading community that grows around Waveform.
“It’s all here, just as it should be: birth, death, sex, longing, regret, anger, love.”—Booklist
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by Marcia Aldrich
In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibration of beauty.
Start with a dead deer at the side of Hamilton Road. A major artery between Okemos and Dobie roads, it is my route to work, to the supermarket, to the post office and bank, and the only means of access to Tacoma Hills, the subdivision in Meridian Township where I have lived for the last five years. The speed limit on Hamilton is 25 miles per hour, slowing to 15 at the roundabout a quarter mile to the west. Nevertheless, a driver has struck the deer, and now it lies in the grass in front of a condominium complex. It is a white-tailed deer, odocoileus virginianus, the smallest and most nervous member of the North American deer family.
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