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On the Remembrance of Things Past: Heading West To Paradise Lost and Found.

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.

Remembering, Forgetting, and Irony: Thinking About Kundera

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 — […]

Glory Days! Do You Reminisce Or Do You Analyze? Why?

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 […]