Chronicling, then Letting Go

Author Sarah Manguso Reflects on 20 Years of Keeping a Diary

April 26, 2015

© Chad Hagen, used by permission

It's not possible to reduce twenty years of diary keeping to a number, but here's one: 800,000. That's the amount of words that Sarah Manguso had written in over twenty years of keeping a daily diary. In her new memoir, "Ongoingness," she talks how something often considered so virtuous actually became a vice. In this interview—interspersed with readings from her memoir—she talks about the relationships between the act of writing, the passage of time, and the ability to live a full life.

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