In the winter issue of The Paris Review, the memoirist Mary Karr described growing up in her small Texas town: "People who didn't live pre-Internet can't grasp how devoid of ideas life in my hometown was. The only bookstores sold Bibles the size of coffee tables and dashboard Virgin Marys that glowed in the dark." Perhaps it was the lack of culture that led her to create her own: Karr is the author of several books, including The Liars' Club, Cherry, and, most recently, Lit, which made The New York Times best books of 2009 list. Tonight, she talks with Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch about her process as a part of the magazine's Art of Memoir interview series.
Mon., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., 2010