's Amanda Fortini takes issue
with Hadley Freeman's indictment of female confessional journalism
. "How boring," she writes, "if all pieces of writing were made to meet some standard of exemplary behavior and thought."
Fortini has a point: the genre of autobiographical writing be pretty dull if everyone wrote about how healthy and self-actualized they were. And, as Fortini's many examples illustrate, confessional journalism is