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Richard Meisler

Richard Meisler writes and teaches in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s the author of Trying Freedom: The Case for Liberating Education (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).

— From April 1987
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Written Word

Writing words on paper is particularly arrogant. How presumptuous to believe that words on paper can capture meaning, freeze life, hold it for even a moment.

April 1987
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories


The women of my life stand in a full circle around me, waiting for me to choose among them. The clothes and expression and posture of each woman recall a particularly intense moment in our lives together. I look into their eyes and see them pleading. This is my dream and my nightmare.

September 1986


I call her “Juliet.” I don’t remember her name, and it is possible that I never knew it. Her image came to me at six o’clock every evening for years. I went to the upper floor of my house, entered any room, and turned off the light.

May 1986
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