October 2, 2014
Remembering is like heading west to find the Indies, one hopes for Asia, but, in the end, one only ever discovers, colonizes, and exploits a new world.
February 18, 2013
According to his translators, Milan Kundera writes, “remembering is a form of forgetting.” Why? Remembering is always a reconstruction and, eventually, a construction. Remembering can’t reproduce an experience. At best, it refers to it. Eventually, remembering creates a wholly different experience, with almost no connection to the original experience. Kundera also sets immediate experience — […]
January 31, 2011
I realized something: I don’t reminisce; I analyze. By reminisce, I mean something like, “bask in the warm glow of a remembered past.” In contrast, when I think about my past, I examine my memories to better understand the choices I made in light of the circumstances I faced. The goal is to edify rather […]