The Naked Note Taker: Creative Nonfiction Essays

Mackenzie Smith, Carnegie Mellon University

Department of English

Jane McCafferty, advisor

Abstract or Description

ANote on the Format …3


Part I: Princess Pascal and the Moldy Sleeping Bag …4


Part II: Creative Nonfiction Essays …8

  • Because It Happened …8
  • The Naked Note Taker …11
  • So, I Shot a Man Last Week …16
  • Thank You, Thank You, Thank You …21
  • Birds, Singing …27
  • Veggie: A Personal History in Food …29
  • Pittsburgh to Duncannon: A Narrative of Sorts …33
  • Dashes, Dots and Bullets: A Life Filled with Lists …37
  • Afterschool Rules …43