“There are no reliable narrators,” said writer Matthew Klam recently.*
Even the stories we recite about ourselves shift with every telling, according to recent neurological studies (TED talk; no cite yet).
Add a dash of race, the legacy of slavery and questions of voice and you come to even thornier questions regarding authorship.
I’ll have some (more) rambling thoughts about this topic tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a link to the podcast, “Still Processing: Detroit and Confederate and Who Owns Stories about Blackness?” Two culture critics for the NYTimes, Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, attempt to answer some of these questions.
PS. I may’ve already shared this link. If so – forgive! It’s a signal of how good I found it!
* I haven’t read this novel yet but did hear the author interviewed by Teri Gross.