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Writing and memory

by | Sep 10, 2010 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

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  1. rino breebaart

    funnily enough I write to remember. My memory is shocking – I have major trouble even memorising a text or a para of shakespeare or a multi-part joke. And when you've a whole bunch of ideas flooding in on your brain – they just fall out again with a memory like mine.

    That Phaedrus quote carries a pretty major punch – I think it's one of the key moments in philosophy. It does play down writing's virtues; and I think it also talks about all these lost worlds and kingdoms that the Egyptians remembered. To me literature is all about lost worlds anyway – which wouldn't be kept alive if not written down.

    In a decade or two we in the digital age won't be able to countenance these ideas any more – we won't have much of a memory – and Google will be our act of remembering. Insert gloomy forecast.

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