This week, the Cut reflects on self-reflection with a series of stories devoted to the art of memoir.
Long into the future, you’ll remember where you were when you first heard that a gynecologist found a ball of cat hair in a writer’s vagina. You’ll remember your surprise, perhaps your involuntary gag reflex, and you’ll certainly remember the place where the testimonial appeared: xoJane’s It Happened to Me series of personal writing.
It Happened to Me is memorable not so much for its prose as for the consistently startling, highly readable, and brilliant syntax of the headlines that preface each overshare. They shock; they scare; in under 60 characters, they can start in one place and end up somewhere else entirely. They are a constantly evolving symbol of our memoir-obsessed time.
In tribute to the poetry of It Happened to Me, the Cut implores you: Can you tell a fake It Happened to Me headline from a real one?