These three authors were launched from situations and families that were out of the ordinary. Poet, playwright, and memoirist Honor Moore, after having written a memoir about her extraordinary father, turns to examining her relationship with her mother in Our Revolution. This mother of nine lived among the poor with Moore’s father, the Archbishop of New York, was a published author and playwright, and died young of cancer while racing to finish a memoir. In My Captain America, Megan Margulies writes lovingly about her close and formative relationship with her grandfather, the man who created the superhero comic Captain America. And Mikel Jollett, frontman for the indie band Airborne Toxic Event, describes in Hollywood Park a harrowing childhood in a cult where he barely knew his parents until the day his mother arrived to rescue him and his brother. Richard Hoffman, author of the poetry collection Noon Until Night and the memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury, hosts this session.
Memoir: Extraordinary Beginnings [pre-recorded]
Mikel Jollett is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, he graduated with honors from Stanford University. Jollett was an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men's Health, and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney's, and he is the author of the New York Times–bestselling memoir Hollywood Park, called “a painstaking emotional accounting of a tortured youth ultimately redeemed through music, therapy, and love" by Kirkus in a starred review.
Megan Margulies is a full-time freelance writer with work appearing in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, and elsewhere. She was the consulting editor for her grandfather Joe Simon’s autobiography, My Life in Comics. Her latest is My Captain America: A Granddaughter’s Memoir of a Legendary Comic Book Artist, a coming-of-age narrative about her relationship with her beloved grandfather, the cartoonist and co-creator of the famed superhero.
Honor Moore is a writer based in New York City, where she is on the graduate writing faculty of The New School. She is the author of two previous memoirs―The Bishop’s Daughter, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The White Blackbird, a New York Times Notable Book―as well as three collections of poems. The play in verse that she wrote about her mother’s death, Mourning Pictures, was produced on Broadway when she was in her twenties. Her papers are held at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury, her latest work, has been called “a deeply insightful, empathetic family history” by Kirkus in a starred review.
Richard Hoffman is an award-winning memoirist, poet, fiction writer, and writer in residence at Emerson College. His books include the memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury, which was excerpted in the 2011 edition of Best American Essays. He also published the poetry collections Without Paradise; Emblem; and Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club. His work has appeared in many publications including the Boston Sunday Globe, Harvard Review, the Literary Review, and the Sun.