By Jonathan Wyatt, Tony E. Adams (eds.)
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Extra info for On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss
Xii). If my father had attempted to keep a secret from his children about his name, he was rumbled while we were still young. Perhaps, but I am not really sure, he had lied to me when I asked him about his middle name. But was that any more of a lie than the little “white” lies that I was encouraged to tell when I was called upon to be gracious to someone I didn’t like? In what sense did it make a difference to me or to anyone if he had concealed a middle name? In no material sense was my trust abused.
Villanova’s speech department, Tim’s hosts, made no statement in Tim’s defense and at least appeared to tell individual faculty to keep from doing so on their own (GingrichPhilbrook, 2013; Gingrich-Philbrook & Gray, 2013). I told Ron I didn’t think people understood what it was like to feel in every step a painful reminder of being bullied for who they were, or how it felt to worry, every day, with empathy and sense memory, about queer kids. ” Tim Miller fights back for these kids, fights back against that hate every day.
I spoke to her last and her memory of the events I have described thus far is broadly similar to mine, although she recalls my older brother having no interest in the book and that it was she who discovered the previously unknown name. Her account may explain why my older brother did not remember the book or the discovery of the name. If her memory is historically more accurate than mine, my version illustrates something of the compositional work that goes into the construction of memory, in which my sense of the link to my brother, reshaped how I held the story in my mind (Spence, 1982).
On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss by Jonathan Wyatt, Tony E. Adams (eds.)