The Falsehood of the Memoir as Narcissism Trope: An Epistolary Essay

A self portrait drawing using Crayola markers.

This essay was written as part of one of the nine or so drafts of a letter I wrote to a friend of mine with whom I had just had a terrible, relationship-threatening (and eventually, relationship-ending) argument. I wanted to explain to her how she did not have to be as helpless as she had become over the years due to her depression…