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“They’re Irish! They’re Catholic!! They’re Guilty!!!”

“They’re Irish! They’re Catholic!! They’re Guilty!!!” | memoir writing | Scoop.it
One does not have to be a writer to compile a memoir. Whatever one commits to paper or voice recording should be done in one’s own style. 
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For most would-be memoirists, no advice may be more important to follow than just to get the words out. Everybody with a past has memories. Few people actually tell the stories.

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The doom of your memories doesn't really exist

The doom of your memories doesn't really exist | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The popular Brutal Doom game mod teaches us about the way we misremember, and recreate, gaming history.
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Our experiences were not as good or as bad as we remember. It depends.
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The flaws of memory

The flaws of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Miranda Kennedy reviews "The Latter Days", Judith Freeman's memoir about growing up Mormon.
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In memoir, there are two individuals at work: the person who lived the life and the person looking back on it. This review shows how the younger self can illuminate and heal the older one.
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What my grandmother brought with her when she fled Nazi Germany

What my grandmother brought with her when she fled Nazi Germany | memoir writing | Scoop.it
We have no butter ... but I ask you, would you rather have butter or guns? Preparedness makes us powerful. Butter merely makes us fat.

Goering, 1936
During her weeks in Concord Hospital with kidney disease and cardiac problems, my grandmother often complained that staff members were refusing t
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This memoir is brief, though it is longer than most of the items posted on this site. It is a deep examination of the place of ritual and memory in those who have survived after cataclysmic events uprooted them or their ancestors. It also exemplifies the main reason why this web site exists.
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To understand Hillary Clinton, don’t watch the convention. Read her memoirs.

To understand Hillary Clinton, don’t watch the convention. Read her memoirs. | memoir writing | Scoop.it
What we learn about the Democratic presidential candidate through her two contrasting memoirs, "Living History" and "Hard Choices"
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Memoir as propaganda, memoir as politics. 
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Are we forgetting the post-Holocaust promise?

Are we forgetting the post-Holocaust promise? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Has the post-Holocaust world really kept its promise of “never again, never forget”? A visit to Dachau is stirring.
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The atrocities of the past can give us hints about how to deal with the challenges of the present
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Memoir or fiction: Exploring queer lives

Memoir or fiction: Exploring queer lives | memoir writing | Scoop.it
When truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction: the lives of gay men in New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
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The lines between memoir and fiction are sometimes blurred, as these books show
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Embers explores life beyond memory

Embers explores life beyond memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The American director didn’t set out to make a post-apocalyptic movie. She simply wanted her debut feature to come from a personal place.
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If you had no memories, who would you be? How would you know?
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Executive suffers sudden memory loss

A 58-year-old man suffered from an almost complete loss of memory when he woke up one morning and was later diagnosed with the rare condition known as transient global amnesia, a Taipei neurologist said yesterday
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There are times when it's appropriate to have your head examined. This is one of them.
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Mid-lifers aren't more forgetful, they just have better things to think about

Mid-lifers aren't more forgetful, they just have better things to think about | memoir writing | Scoop.it
After you hit 40, you might start forgetting little things, like where you put your keys. It's not because your mind is going; it's becaus
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Here's an encouraging article. If you want to believe the title, read it.
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Scientists prove how memories form as we dream

Scientists prove how memories form as we dream | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Don't skip that shuteye, unless you want to be forgetful.
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Research that could have serious implications for how we deal with memory formation.
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Forgetting isn't healing: Lessons from Elie Wiesel

Forgetting isn't healing: Lessons from Elie Wiesel | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Calls for racial healing often focus on putting the painful past behind us. NPR's Sonari Glinton remembers the man who taught him never to forget: Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.
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The man said it best himself: "Nothing good comes of forgetting; remember, so that my past doesn't become your future."
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Google quietly brings forgetting to the U.S.

Google quietly brings forgetting to the U.S. | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Seeing all your Google activity in one place can be eye-opening, and having the ability to delete any of it carries some far-reaching implications.
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This should be of great interest to anybody who has relegated the past to a virtual memory mechanism
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Magnificent memoirs

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An idiosyncratic list, but if you're just getting serious about memoirs you could do lots worse than to follow this bunch.
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How your brain retrieves a memory when you sense something familiar

How your brain retrieves a memory when you sense something familiar | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Environment plays an important role in how you remember things.
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A tentative explanation of why we don`t recognize a person out of context, and why it is so easy to remember to remember things when they are where we have seen them before.
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The value of a flawed memory

The value of a flawed memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Mistaken memories can be good for you. Inaccurate memories can help people shape their identities and set goals. Psychologists have a new understanding of memory’s role in making us who we are.
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All recollections are based on what actually happened. But those memories are transformed in the brain before they bubble to the surface, often for reasons that help us move forward.
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Does online gaming improve memory?

Does online gaming improve memory? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Regional news from Caribbean News Now: The source for the latest news throughout the wider Caribbean
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Research suggests that aging parents and friends will remember more and better after a trip to the casino
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The scent of a memory

The scent of a memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Our sense of smell can take us back in time, stirring forgotten emotions.
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Another essay on a kind of memory prompt we don't think about much but which is as vivid as any other
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South Africans look forward without forgetting the past

South Africans look forward without forgetting the past | memoir writing | Scoop.it
South African people of different colors, religions and backgrounds say they are looking to better their lives, economic situation and social level, but have not forgotten the pain experienced during the Apartheid era
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The past does not disappear, as long as there are people who remember it. If it has been traumatic, suppressing it will not lead to healing.
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As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss

As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss | memoir writing | Scoop.it
British Columbia's Knowledge Network is where stories live that speak to our time. Through television and the internet we inform and inspire by exploring the world from provincial and global perspectives.
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Instead of focusing on the aesthetics of art works themselves, some museums are using paintings and sculpture as memory prompts for people whose memories are slipping.
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How the brain builds memory chains

How the brain builds memory chains | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Recollections of successive events physically entangle each other when brain cells store them 
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Research gives us a fresh understanding of how we associate memories with each other
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Selective retention of positive information may be marker for elderly memory loss

Selective retention of positive information may be marker for elderly memory loss | memoir writing | Scoop.it
People who selectively recalled positive information over neutral and negative information performed worse on memory tests conducted by University of California, Irvine neurobiologists, who said the results suggest that this discriminating remembrance may be a marker for early stages of memory loss in the elderly.
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Neglect or outright suppression of memories today could lead to an inability later in life to recall all the things you want.
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Is full-time work bad for our brains?

Is full-time work bad for our brains? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
If you’re over 40, working more than 25 hours a week could be affecting your intelligence, new research suggests
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There are times when life interferes with life. According to this study, memory could be badly affected by our everyday routine. 
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This is why childhood memories usually completely disappear

This is why childhood memories usually completely disappear | memoir writing | Scoop.it
When was your first memory? It’s an odd question that somehow makes its way into conversations. When I think about it personally, a field of images come to mind, but one age, day, place, or action seems too concrete to pinpoint. I don’t remember being a baby, getting my first tooth, or learning how to […]
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This mystery has puzzled many people but is impossible to examine closely because children lack the vocabulary for discussing it.
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The struggle of memory against forgetting

The struggle of memory against forgetting | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Twenty-nine years ago, Ashley Kriel was killed by apartheid security forces. Earlier this year, the Hawks announced they would be reopening the investigation. For the family, it may just be the closure they have been waiting for for three decades. MARELISE VAN DER MERWE speaks to the filmmaker who has been documenting his short life for the past six years.
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The stories we tell about the past are important means for keeping history alive
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CARPE LIBRUM: Approaches to the memoir 

CARPE LIBRUM: Approaches to the memoir  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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A look at two books that deal with the theory of memoir. What they come down to is the need for a good story. Memoir, after all, is memories, not what actually happened. The most accurate description of every memoir could be "Based on a true story."
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