In November of 2010, I became traumatized for the rest of my life. I know the exact moment it happened, as did our older brother who escaped being traumatized for the rest of his life only by the fact that he was indeed my brother and not my sister. I knew in the moment that I would be forever changed that the traumatic experience would live on forever in the stories my brothers would tell to everyone. It was the kind of trauma that was so bad that it was really good-- for a storyteller. Not good for the one having nightmares for months. The story had just the right amount of humor, no way-ness, and horror. I have not told my story yet (I'm not sure I ever will) and I am fine with my brothers telling it to amused and horrified audiences. And I am fine with them bringing it up as a punchline in conversations with me because that is how we deal with things in our family. We laugh and we talk non-stop about fucked-up stuff. In a family of writers and artists, a good story is valuable. It gives birth to other stories. My nightmare story did indeed give birth to another story in a room a few hours later. Of course our younger brother, Tod, claimed dibs on telling that story first. When four writers are in a room together and something happens, you have to speak up fast!
Tod has written a very honest essay exposing some of our family secrets for The Wall Street Journal. And by family secrets I mean why we are writers and artists. I was totally shocked by the essay because I had no idea my little brother has written 11 books. I found that out at the end of the article. We just don't talk about these things because we are too busy teasing each other, talking about The Voice, and eating. Good thing I read his essay and found out! See, one story led to another. The biggest story here being that we are all free to talk about the story of us now, if we want to.
[notes: 1.I will be telling the weevil story Tod mentioned soon. I meant to claim the right to tell that one first even though it was Karen's e-mail but I got distracted by the new salted caramel candy bar at Trader Joe's. 2. The Wall Street Journal?! That's the last place I ever expected to see our names.]
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