'Anything processed by memory is fiction,' as is any memory shaped into literature."~ Luc Sante, in The Fiction of Memory, a review of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields I came to see that our memories aren't really patchy; they're patchworks, oddly and randomly retrieved bits and scraps that we weave together into something we believe to be a more integrated, seamless fabric than it really is....Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us?Do we in fact have other, equally interesting life stories that we're unaware of and unable to tell, simply because their building blocks are the memories that fell by the wayside? And while those memoirs might undermine the ones we've written, they also might just improve on them.~ Frank Bruni, Memoirs and Memory (by the author of Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater "Ms.Tags: Personality Quiz EssayBusiness Plan Smart ObjectivesMedical Experiments Of The Holocaust ThesisStructure Of An Undergraduate EssayEssay TolerationWriting Research Papers TurabianTitles For Research PapersCiting In A Research Paper MlaWrite Outline Biography Essay
Age, if nothing else, entitles me to set the record straight before I dissolve.
I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages.
And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.~ Harlan Ellison, in Paladin of the Lost Hour (1985) "How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time, and the changes of the human mind! If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory.
There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences.
"Smells have an unusual power to bring back memories, maybe because smell signals bypass the thalamus and head straight to their destinations, which include that supervisor of emotions known as the amygdala." ~ from a summary and highlights from John Medina's bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School "Despite my lofty defense of the unauthorized biography there’s no question that it exacts a price. Authorized biographers are like seraphim—the angels who stand to give praise.
The authorized biographer is often hailed as a white knight while the unauthorized biographer is usually demonized. Unauthorized biographers are like what John Boehner recently called Ted Cruz.
You can understand why I keep an old cowboy motto above my desk that says–“Tell the truth but ride a fast horse.” ~Kitty Kelley, on receiving the Washington Independent Review of Books Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016 "The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own." ~ Willa Cather"What’s writing really about?
It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life." ~ Ted Hughes "When a parent dies, it's the end. But I wasn't forceful, and I didn't make it happen. I didn't get as much family history as I could have for the kids." ~ Robert De Niro (interviewed by Richard Mowe, Box Office, 9-3-08) Speak Memory.
Read this Story Circle Network interview by Susan Wittig Albert, about the story behind this entertaining and instructive anthology.
"Shields (echoing Alice Marshall) is disappointed in James Frey not because he lied in his book, but because when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show he didn’t say: “Everyone who writes about himself is a liar.