Rebecca Carroll on Writing About Family with Honesty
From the Write-minded Podcast, Hosted by Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner
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When it comes to writing about family, in memoir or fiction, writers must consider the ramifications. To write honestly, writers must know what’s at stake, and be ready. This week’s guest, Rebecca Carroll (Surviving the White Gaze), shares with Write-minded her own experience with family fallout, and subjects ranging from her readership, to her literary heroine Toni Morrison, to her thoughts on trans-racial adoption. There’s a lot to unpack this week, from a guest who sets the gold standard for radical honesty on the page.
Rebecca Carroll is a writer, cultural critic, and podcast host, as well as the creator and curator of the live event and audio series In Love & Struggle. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Essence, Glamour, and The Guardian. She’s the author of several interview-based books about race in America, and of the recent, critically acclaimed memoir, Surviving the White Gaze.