It's been a long time since I sat down and just read a book all the way through in one day—but this book by Sanders is one that inspires such an act. I read this book for the first time back in 2004, in a 10th grade Creative Writing class, during our study of memoir, and I wanted to find out more about Sanders' work. Unfortunately, the desire had to be put on hold—until my freshman year as an undergrad, in fact—at which time I discovered Sanders' personal website... and the MFA Program. Indirectly, his work became the reason I first pursued a program, and his writing is what I refer back to first, along with Dillard and King, when considering writing as a craft, as something MORE than "simply" putting words to paper. This is an important read that I expect I will continue to return to, for one reason or another, for myself, for my students and for future others.
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