Cover Photo: This image shows a panel from the graphic cartoon CALVIN AND HOBBES. Calvin, a young child, says to his imaginary friend, Hobbes the tiger, "See, I built a time machine" while pointing to a cardboard box that has "Time Machine" written on it.
Illustration by Bill Watterson

The Memoir Time Machine

As a writer of personal nonfiction, I worry that with every memoir or essay, I risk fragmenting and simplifying my life into words living on pages.


Calvin and Hobbes

Julie Metz is the New York Times bestselling author of Perfection and her new memoir Eva and Eve. She has written for publications including the New York Times, Salon, Dame, and Tablet. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies The Moment and The House That Made Me. More information at and follow on Instagram @juliemetzwriter