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To Richard Ford, writing a memoir is to utter what must not be erased

Richard Ford’s parents were ordinary people, “all but un-noticeable to the world’s disinterested eye.” But the acclaimed writer still decided to write a memoir of their lives because, to him, being their son felt like a privilege. And more simply, he missed them. Ford offers his humble opinion on the power of memoir to make us remember what’s most vital to us.

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