by Jennifer Niesslein
. . . Strayed puts it this way: “When using the self in literature, the task isn’t to tell us who you are. It’s to tell us who you are really. The negative and the positive and all the stuff in between. Sometimes I wince when showing the icky stuff, the stuff for which I know people will judge me. But writing requires such things. It isn’t about covering your ass. It’s about showing it.” Read on!