1. I wrote letters to friends and family from the PCT [Pacific Crest Trail], but I didn’t even attempt to gather them and mine them for information as I wrote Wild. I didn’t because I sensed on a gut level that they’d be of little use to me. In my letters, I’d been trying to make an impression. I wanted to seem strong or funny or impressive, to offer evidence that I was now more together than the sort-of-falling-apart woman many of them thought I was before I set out on my hike. I wanted to seem transformed and heroic to those I wrote to. I know without reading them, my letters were hyperbolic and embellished, covertly self-aggrandizing and embarrassingly philosophical.

    But my journal is none of these things. In it, I told myself the truth. Every last inch of whatever the truth might be. I didn’t attempt to cast anything in either a better or worse light. On those pages not meant for anyone’s eyes but my own I did what every memoirist must do years before I knew I’d ever become a memoirist: I gave myself a long level gaze. It was from that place I set about writing Wild.

    —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and the Dear Sugar column on TheRumpus.net, from a guest blog post on Powells.com

  1. vinewoodboulevard reblogged this from powells
  2. sassmccombs reblogged this from powells
  3. anime-hentai likes this
  4. rhymeofanothersummer reblogged this from criminalsofpurpose
  5. twinkiesandwine likes this
  6. barefootsaruh likes this
  7. aggiezivaljevic likes this
  8. hugabugga likes this
  9. andsothestoryflowson likes this
  10. infinitegestures reblogged this from h2oetry and added:
    I would argue that this kind of gaze is useful for any type of creative writing, and probably any kind of creative...
  11. someyes likes this
  12. wakingfromsomesortofsleep likes this
  13. rhymeofanothersummer likes this
  14. h2oetry reblogged this from powells
  15. h2oetry likes this
  16. criminalsofpurpose reblogged this from powells
  17. criminalsofpurpose likes this
  18. mundusalteretidem likes this
  19. dinghyunmoored reblogged this from wintersknife
  20. lprecordsthings likes this
  21. lindsayamoedo likes this
  22. pdeborahkim likes this
  23. courtneysanto reblogged this from powells
  24. atinyinfinityyy likes this
  25. blissandbale likes this
  26. minuterie likes this
  27. molly-ren likes this
  28. thedevilanddeepbluesea likes this
  29. anacardenas30 likes this
  30. thisislobster reblogged this from powells
  31. thelibrarygirl reblogged this from powells and added:
    I haven’t read this yet, but my boss has read it, and loved it, and she has good taste.
  32. jesakalong reblogged this from powells and added:
    Can’t wait to read this memoir.
  33. grungebook likes this
  34. heylabodega likes this
  35. ratsoff likes this
  36. elizs likes this
  37. wintersknife reblogged this from powells and added:
    I need to read this.
  38. ruff-draft likes this
  39. mymnemosyne reblogged this from powells
  40. chels likes this
  41. adayofjamandbread likes this
  42. powells posted this