Words into hype
By Chris Offutt
Harper’s, October 2008
By Chris Offutt, from “Excerpt from The Offutt Guide to Literary Terms,” published last fall in Seneca Review. Offutt is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction.
nonfiction: Prose that is factual, except for newspapers.
creative nonfiction: Prose that is true, except in the case of memoir.
memoir: From the Latin memoria, meaning “memory,” a popular form in which the writer remembers entire passages of dialogue from the past, with the ultimate goal of blaming the writer’s parents for his current psychological challenges.
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[Thanks to Tim Brown for this link!]