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Class taught by Sara Marcus. Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman
What does it mean to write about ourselves—or not to write about ourselves? “I imagine,” Joan Didion writes, “that the notebook is about other people. But of course it is not. . . . My stake is always, of course, in the unmentioned girl in the plaid silk dress. Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point.” During our week together, we will document the world around us and, in so doing, create records of our personal experiences. We will read poems, essays, and fiction; we will listen to music, to noise, and to silence; we will visit museums and the Barnard zine archive; we will write every day. At the end of the week, students will make their own books, telling stories of their New York summer lives.