Unfortunately, the author I’m talking about, more than likely, does not regret writing his memoir. And I know memoirs are supposed to be the truth of your life or a period of your life…But, please.
Frederic Mitterrand wrote his memoir, The Bad Life, and it was published four years ago. Everything was fine and good. His memoir was even praised by some literary critics. Then one year ago, he was appointed to office and became French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand. Now, some French politicians are demanding he explain some passages.
According to the press article I read, they want an explanation of passages:
where he describes paying for sexual relations with "young boys" in Thailand and IndonesiaSome of his critics are demanding he leave the ministry and accusing him of “endorsing the exploitation of young Asian sex workers.”
His publisher is backpedaling a bit, now describing his book as not a memoir but a “novel inspired by autobiography.” They’re also describing him as “courageous and talented.”
Although Mitterrand has confirmed frequenting brothels, he describes the critics as inspired by a far-right smear campaign.
Without speaking to Frederic Mitterrand’s mores, I would say to writers, think before you ink.
Having said that, I’ll ask those stopping by who write memoir or who have thought about writing one, should you censor what you think may get you arrested or what might not be acceptable to society?