In a previous comment on the Grand Piano project, I asserted that the unpleasant reality, the embarrassing but revealing event would be precisely what readers of this "collective autobiography" would NOT get. The construction of identity involves the favorable organization of experience into an aesthetic artifact, fashioned out of preferred models of an ideal self-regard, as well as fear, loathing, conceit, and all the other mental influences that affect individual memory.
Watten pays lip service to the Rilkean notion of a transformative poetics: "...it is never later. It is always the moment of the act." Which echoes similar, earlier imprecations from his poetry. But writers are not born complete, finished, from the head of Zeus; they have pasts, they have lives--in order to "change [your] life" you must first learn to accept who and what you are, to come to terms with it. That is the first duty of autobiography, the stated purpose and meaning of the Grand Piano project.