"The sweet smell of decaying paper appeals to me no longer. It is too closely associated in my mind with paranoiac customers and dead bluebottles…
“What does not change / is the will to change” ( ~ Charles Olson, “The Kingfishers”)
“Memory . . . is the diary we all carry about with us” (~ Oscar Wilde)
“We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live” (Joan Didion’s 2006 collection title)
"Well, dear, life is a casting off. It's always that way." (Arthur Miller, "Death of a Salesman")
Musings on Memory
Bertolt Brecht (Note from Amit: I cannot attribute the quote to a larger essay but it has been used in pamphlets and leaflets all over the world.)
“Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt.” ~ Mary Karr
Variant Modalities
“ You remember too much, My mother said to me recently. Why hold onto all that? And I said, Where can I put it down?” ~ Anne Carson, “The Glass Essay…
“After a hundred years Nobody knows the place, — Agony, that enacted there, Motionless as peace. Weeds triumphant ranged, Strangers strolled and spelled…
A Farewell