I've always felt a little queasy about using my family in my essays. I've wrestled with the issue of letting them read the text first, before it goes out of the house. Does this undermine the essay? Am I pre-censoring? Should I be brave rather than worry about what all anyone is going to say to me at Thanksgiving?
Well, then my good writer friend Lisa Romeo sent me this link.
Clearly, the answer is not in pre-publication. It's in post-publication. Let the subjects talk back! I love it.
I may change my mind the day my children start posting their own versions of my essays. But for right now, I think it's genius.