Stephanie Siu is a contributor to The Brooklyn Rail.
Gendering BiographyBy Stephanie Siu
There are aspects of a persons life that arent subject to opinion: age, country of birth, or the manner of their death. Within the murkier, subjective areas is where the historian's prowessand prejudicemay lurk. While Weller elucidated Carrie Fishers inner world, Mosers mansplaining of Susan Sontag reveals more about him than his subject.
In Conversation: SUSAN SHAPIRO with Stephanie SiuBy Stephanie Siu
Can you forgive someone who isnt sorry? Should you? Thats what haunted popular New School writing professor Susan Shapiro following the perplexing betrayal of a trusted mentor after 15 years of friendship. In Shapiros candid, captivating new memoir, The Forgiveness Tour, she tries everything to move on: ghosting him, play-by-play analysis of their fights, even summoning a Yiddish curse for revenge. She stumbles on a billion-dollar Forgiveness Industry touting the personal benefits of absolution, but the skeptical journalist fears its all bullshit.