Statement

On Flash Memoirs

The majority of my writing is in a style I’ve developed called Flash Memoirs. As opposed to a traditional memoir, where a writer recalls previous life experiences and meditates on their influence, these Flash Memoirs are vignettes that attempt to articulate the importance of the filler moments enveloping said events in real time, giving them an autonomous importance and stripping you of the chance to ruminate—the filler becomes the events and unlock subtleties of modern living. There is an arbitrary 350 word maximum set that was inspired by the 15- and eventually 60-second limit set for Instagram videos, which in a way takes you out of your phone to appreciate these few moments, only giving you a record of these glimpses. A reader’s time economy is important and I want to reward the effort. This glimpse-effect is substantial in form and rhythm to the way people communicate today, and forces the reader to let go of their own perceptions of others and their idiosyncrasies by way of these approachable, rappy, rhythmic, slang-heavy memoirs. This letting go is crucial to testing the reader’s malleability with American English, and my intention is to prove the subjectivity of the language, creating a new cross-cultural empathy.

Here are some text messages that further explain these memoirs:

‘eeeem if you feel like it’s stupid to turn your nose on terms & phrases that move a person comfortable thoo life, that has sumn to do w them at the very core beyond all the superficial shit, to turn your nose to that is ignorant & yes some sound stupid, but when you act better than something/someone, how are they supposed to take that? they will take it instinctively that you’re calling THEM stupid. I’m not better than you & you’re not better than me. & I’m fa sho not stupid. muhfuckas try to act like I’m stupid when i understand the effects of language on a higher degree than your average person.’ 

‘I’m tryna play w the ways of proving myself. i don’t think it’s mandatory to do it on the terms of like ‘writing s collegiate level essay’ or some brazen think piece on your website’

‘i don’t give a fuck about having to do what you say i haaave to do. language & “proper” english was made by people & can be deconstructed by people to have just as powerful an effect.’

‘v clear yeah i just don’t think it HAS to be this way. like once you know this shit can & should be loose you can approach it/life in new ways w new lenses’

‘i can see that point fa sho. i just want to challenge shit you know. you xan use experimental methods to convey the same shit. if another person accepts/is affected by/empathizes than it’s successful yfm’

‘especially w us receiving info so fast like language haaassssss to change in some ways.’

‘but i do believe that the amount of layers will change. the internet sped everything up. it’s natural language will evolve along w us’

‘you can get the same info deeper shit in just a couple less steps is what I’m tryna do i think’