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What Jorge Luis Borges knew about knowing

What Jorge Luis Borges knew about knowing | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"If we were vigilant enough, exacting enough, if we were taught the right mnemonics, if we were offered the right prompts, if we lived uncommon lives and understood ourselves entirely, could we remember everything?"

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Is worrying about losing your memory making you lose your memory?

Is worrying about losing your memory making you lose your memory? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Research suggests that anxiety about memory loss can chip away at our brain's ability to retain and retrieve information.
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In short: Stop worrying and start living
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Old structures are part of UAE’s memory, conservationists say

Old structures are part of UAE’s memory, conservationists say | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Conservationists said there was a case to include buildings from the 1970 and 1980s in laws that seek to protect heritage structures.
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Written from an architectural perspective, this article insists that memory prompts are as crucial for the preservation of cultural memory as of personal memory
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John Hughes movies inspire a memoir

John Hughes movies inspire a memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
To grow up on Chicago’s North Shore in the 1980s and ’90s, Jason Diamond writes in his memoir (published in November), was to grow up in a world that looked
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Memoir can sometimes be an exploration of how life did not turn out to be like the movies (or the books) we thought defined normal. In fact, no life is like any other, and normal is what we create and discover, not what we expect 
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Leo Tolstoy and the origins of spiritual memoir

Leo Tolstoy and the origins of spiritual memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Thomas Larson evaluates the spiritual and artistic innovation of “Confession” by Leo Tolstoy.
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An analysis of a deep interior journey, one-and-a-half centuries old, a precursor of today's spiritual memoirs, in which faith rests more on experience than on tradition. 
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Scientists find new mechanism for memory formation

Scientists find new mechanism for memory formation | memoir writing | Scoop.it
New research investigates how we form memories, and discovers that apart from the hippocampus, a previously neglected brain area plays a crucial role.
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What we know about the brain is incomplete, and neuroscience is in its infancy. We have to concede that what we know today will prove to be untrue tomorrow -- and then true again the day after that. 
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Book review: Megyn Kelly doesn't get personal enough

Book review: Megyn Kelly doesn't get personal enough | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Teen Reality writer Melanie Nolan believes Megyn Kelly's memoir "Settle for More" offers plenty of interesting details, but doesn't allow the reader to really know the author on a personal
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A slash-and-burn review with cautions for all potential memoir writers
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How memories shape our perception of the present 

How memories shape our perception of the present  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
What are mem­o­ries made of? Do dif­ferent parts of our brain light up when we per­ceive an event than when we remember it after­ward? What role does memory play in directing our atten­tion to spe­cific ... Read more
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Neuroscience keeps digging for the why and how of remembering.
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Will digging into your family history unearth the unexpected?

“Each layer can be richer than the last, revealing people you never knew about and, with any luck, your family’s connections to major events in history.” By, Ceil Lucas   Actress Katey Sagal disc
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Your story began long before you were born. Trying to understand who you are sometimes leads you down some strange alleys.
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Self-publishing: An insult to the written word or a boon to the industry?

Self-publishing: An insult to the written word or a boon to the industry? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In an article by author Laurie Goug
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There are many ways to get your story out to an audience. This article discusses the virtues of self-publishing
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Hillary Clinton memoir price slashed for bargain bin

Hillary Clinton memoir price slashed for bargain bin | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton has received one more blow as 2016 comes to an end, with social media sites buzzing from the news that her book is now offered at bargain
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Fame is not enough to assure success for a memoir. Even a good story must be well told and hold out a good reason for potential readers to buy it.
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A woman recovers memory lost in a diving accident in A.J. Banner's new thriller

A woman recovers memory lost in a diving accident in A.J. Banner's new thriller | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Blair Mlotek: A.J. Banner sets up her mystery perfectly: a small island, lots of missing pieces and a few characters we aren't sure if we should love or hate
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We can play with memory in fiction. If only it were really that easy
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'Emotional hangover' can affect our memory

'Emotional hangover' can affect our memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Our level of emotion can affect how our memory works, in the past and future.
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A study that shows the effects of residual emotions on memory
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Turning memory into memoir restores meaning

Turning memory into memoir restores meaning | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Isabella S. Bick’s parents, both Jewish physicians, never talked about the past after the family moved from fascist Italy to the United States in 1939. She was 8 at the time and quickly learned it was best to keep her feelings of loss and loneliness to herself.Her silence ended when Bick, now 84 and a psychotherapist living in Sharon, Connecticut, began writing bits of her life story. In one vignette, she describes moving into a cramped apartment with her father’s Russian family
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Any number of therapeutic benefits may result when a person reviews life and tells old stories. Some of these benefits are common, but many are surprising and idiosyncratic.
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What would you do without your memory? New play explores what remains within us

What would you do without your memory? New play explores what remains within us | memoir writing | Scoop.it
We all have forgetful moments. We all wake up with a jolt in the middle of the night suddenly remembering we’ve missed a friend’s birthday or…
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To a certain degree, memory comprises a great part of identity. Too many people lose that because of dementia. This drama probes the issue.
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New memories blocked upon awakening to save existing memories

New memories blocked upon awakening to save existing memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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Research that suggests, among other findings, why it is so hard to remember our dreams when we wake up
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Harnessing the creative impulse

Harnessing the creative impulse | memoir writing | Scoop.it
When Cameron's first book, The Artist’s Way, was published in 1992, self-help shelves in bookstores were crowded with titles that captured the public imagination for a while, sold well then faded away. But The Artist’s Way not only escaped that fate, it flourished. The author and full-time Santa Fe resident discusses her books and their place in a changing creative landscape.
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Julia Cameron suggests that memoir is less a way of summing up than a way of rediscovering the things we have left behind.
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Recalling the ins and outs of our memory

Recalling the ins and outs of our memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In the Harry Potter films, Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore shows the young wizard memories that he keeps in glass vessels. The franchise portrays memo
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Our emotions affect what we remember, and how well. They also affect what we will remember later.
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Why alcohol 'makes bad memories stronger'

Why alcohol 'makes bad memories stronger' | memoir writing | Scoop.it
A new study from Johns Hopkins University claims alcohol not only prevents you from forgetting bad memories but may make them stronger, averting positive effects from psychotherapy.
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According to Francis Bacon, what's past is gone and irrevocable. Nevertheless, people use various means, including alcohol, to get rid of the past, at least from their mind. This study suggests that they may be doing just the opposite.
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The magic number seven and memory

The magic number seven and memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
by Jeffrey L. Mitchell, Head of School Currey Ingram Academy While each year thousands and thousands of studies are completed in psychology and education, there are a handful that, over the years, have had a lasting impact on education and learning. In a series of Extra Credit articles, I will highlight a number of semina
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Information overload can impede our memory, especially our short-term memory
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Tips to get started writing

Tips to get started writing | memoir writing | Scoop.it
To get started writing your memoir, it is helpful to read memoirs, personal essays, and books about the nuts and bolts (the craft) of writing.  Here are some recommendations.   As Chloe Yelena Miller discussed on Great Day Washington, keeping a diary or a journal can be a great way to flex the writing muscles and brainstorm ideas. But what if you aren’t sure what to write? Writing prompts can help the new or stuck writer do just that. Chloe’s perennial favorite is Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg .     In her memoir writing workshop at Politics and Prose bookstore, Chloe recommends that the students read the anthology The Art of the Personal Essay edited by Phillip Lopate . This offers a broad range of examples through history, including translations.      In a class on ethical and moral issues in memoir which she co-teaches with law professor and memoirist Martha Ertman,  Love’s Promises , they recommend the anthology Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family edited by Joy Castro . This book offers a series of perspectives from memoir writers regarding what they decided to write – and not write – about their family.    Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft  is a great example of a memoir about a writer’s life, as well as some writing tips. You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between by Lee Gutkind offers direct advice about writing creative nonfiction. Since creative-nonfiction draws its craft from fiction, the classic John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction  is a great place to start.    Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of a Diary  is a less traditional memoir focusing on the author’s changing experience with keeping a journal after becoming a mother. Her life as a writer, experience with time, and relationship with a journal may be of particular interest to all writers. In reference to her journals and the space between writing and experience, Manguso writes, “Someday I might read about some of the moments I’ve forgotten, moments I’ve allowed myself to forget, that my brain was designed to forget, that I’ll be glad to have forgotten and be glad to rediscover as writing. The experience is no longer experience. It is writing. I am still writing.”   Accessible online, Joan Didion’s essay On Keeping a Notebook invites the reader into Didion’s experience of keeping her own notebook and re-reading it years later.  https://www.penusa.org/sites/default/files/didion.pdf ;   Find a writing class at Politics and Prose to help you start off this new year writing: http://www.politics-prose.com/classes ;   Chloe Yelena Miller is offering a free writing coach consultation to new clients. Click here to learn more about her services.     
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If you are writing a memoir, or contemplating writing one, this post will take you to lots of helpful places to help you begin.
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How even your crappy memory still helps your brain

How even your crappy memory still helps your brain | memoir writing | Scoop.it
For your brain to hang on to a memory, it sometimes has to fudge the details.
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An interesting examination of how the brain determines what to hang on to, and why we remember some things and not other
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Detecting misinformation can improve memory later on

Detecting misinformation can improve memory later on | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Exposure to false information about an event usually makes it more difficult for people to recall the original details, but new research suggests that there may be times when misinformation actually boosts memory. Researc
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There's apparently a cure for false memories, but you have to be paying attention in the first place
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Why we don't remember much from early childhood

Why we don't remember much from early childhood | memoir writing | Scoop.it
We lose a certain kind of memory by around age six, which may explain why we can't remember as much of our early childhoods.
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What's past is gone, Francis Bacon wrote, and irrevocable. If it happened long enough ago, and we stashed it away in our mind, it is also all but irrecoverable. This essay explains why.
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Memoir doesn't get you into people's heads unfiltered

Memoir doesn't get you into people's heads unfiltered | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Shortlisted for a Costa prize, The Good Guy uses fiction to explore the author’s hidden roots as a child adopted in the 60s
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Contemplating the possibility of brainwashing, a character in the M.A.S.H. television series once insisted, "They'll never get the truth out of me." And he added, "I don't even know the truth." This happens in real life more often than we want to admit.
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The universal hunt for meaning: 11 memoirs to read now

The universal hunt for meaning: 11 memoirs to read now | memoir writing | Scoop.it
It’s difficult to pin down exactly what makes a memoir great.
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A discussion of what makes us hungry for memoirs, and a quirky list of some memoirs worth reading
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