Discover more from An Ordinary Disaster
We'd all do well to "grow a spiritual pair"
Bowen Dwelle in conversation with Michael Mohr
This conversation is part of a series of interviews with various brothers and teachers, including many fellow writers, all of which are part of the body of work surrounding my book-length memoir An Ordinary Disaster—one man's proof that we can all learn to listen to ourselves, and to act upon the inner voice of our self, our sanity and our soul.is the writer behind and writes which includes his serialized memoir of the same name. In addition to their writing, Bowen offers his intuitive Guide Service, and Michael works with writers as a developmental editor.
Michael and I got together for a deep and wide-ranging conversation that covered a number of topics including how our own writing has changed us, patriarchy and personal responsibility, the psychosexual realm between mothers and sons, love, commitment and addiction, women who inspire and support us, and, of course, what we’re working on next.
If you’re a writer who values authentic, no B.S., honest, vulnerable conversations, we think you’ll get a lot out of this discussion.
Following the interview are links to some of our writing, some other writers of memoir on Substack, further reading on memoir, and some questions for you. We’d love to hear from you!
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Bowen writes memoir and personal essay on topics including alcohol, addiction and depression… adventure, fitness, sports, and nature… identity, masculinity, fatherhood and being child-free, love, relationships and sex, among other things. If you’re not already a subscriber to Bowen’s substack, please do take this opportunity to subscribe now.
Michael writes about everything from identity politics to AA and sobriety to existentialism and death to meditation and more. At Sincere American Writing you get a mix of fiction, memoir, personal essay, book reviews, cultural commentary and much more. If you’re not already a subscriber to Michael’s ‘Stack, please take this opportunity to subscribe now.
Here are two of the more popular pieces we’ve written on Substack:
Think of any daring, talented and interesting writer—Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Didion, Sontag, Kerouac, Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Baldwin, Mailer, David Foster Wallace, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ottessa Moshfegh, Zadie Smith, Elif Batuman, etc—and you instantly see that the art stems from an intriguing, even dangerous artist. This is causal: Writers are generally an unusual lot. They are weird, freakish, isolated, individual, “different.” The wild eccentric weirdos who the rest of society seems flummoxed and yet often captivated by… Follow this link to read the rest of Michael’s piece.
Other Writers We Like on Substack
Just Enough to Get Me in Trouble by Lyle McKeany
by Latham Turner
by Dee Rambeau
by That Guy From the Internet
by Alex Olshonsky
by visakan veerasamy
by Sarah Fay
Sexus (The Rosy Crucifixion, #1), Henry Miller
The Happiest Man Alive: A Biography of Henry Miller, Mary V. Dearborn
Blackout, Sarah Hepola
The Routine Things Around The House, by Stephen Dunn
The Women’s Movement, by Joan Didion
Mens Writing Group on Substack
We host a monthly group for men on Substack writing memoir, autofiction, personal essay and other first-person informed work—which really could include just about anything, including fiction.
Participation is by request and invitation. If you’re interested in the possibility of joining us, please complete this questionnaire.
We’ve got some questions for you
What is the purpose, in your mind, of writing, of Art, of creative expression? Why do it at all?
What does it mean to be a woman or a man in 2023 America? How has this changed over the past few decades?
Why do you read memoir? Is this a very different reason than why you read fiction? Why?
How do you feel about personal responsibility? Does your race or gender condemn you to a certain kind of existence, or can you transcend that?
How has your mother or father shaped you as an adult? Have you transcended any of that shaping? Why or why not?
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