Posted by on July 27, 2012 at 2:26 am.

I’m not much of a memoir fan.

I actually went through a phase when that was all I read, but after a while I got burnt out—the genre revealed itself to me as self-serving, onerous and whiny. Why waste my time reading about the woes of someone I will never know? (The irony of saying this on a blog called #Life does not escape me.)

On the other hand, maybe everyone in the world should come with their very own memoir. An instruction manual detailing everything they’ve done and overcome, everything that has shaped who they are today. Then, whenever you initiated a relationship with someone new—coworker, friend, boyfriend, etc.—you could check out the memoir and read up on his or her past. As it is, it can take years to catch up on somebody’s life and really, truly get to know them. This way, you could just put in a few good hours of reading and get all the background you need to interact with that person effectively and harmoniously. No more making assumptions based on appearances and first impressions, no more false perceptions of a person’s motivations. You would have total understanding of everyone you interact with in your daily life. Perfect understanding equals perfect harmony, right?

Logistics aside, what do you think? Total transparency: key to world peace, or destroyer of the universe?


  • Carolyn says:

    Mark Zuckerberg may be asking himself the same question 🙂

  • JPS says:

    I think there’s a reason you only write a tell-all book after you’re done with something. So often, we have to be careful of what we say because of workplace policies or simply to maintain relationships that could get rocky if you revealed straining details.

    Besides, I think the best part of new friends is getting to tell them your memoir in person, slowly leading up to all the really good parts.

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