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Four ways to fix celebrity memoirs

Four ways to fix celebrity memoirs | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"As far as literary value goes, celebrity memoirs rank somewhere between romance novels and airport thrillers--they're generally trash."

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An attempt to put a band-aid on gossip and apologetics, to give some weight to the books based on them.

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The man who lost his memory but gave much to neuroscience

The man who lost his memory but gave much to neuroscience | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Luke Dittrich explores the story of a patient and his daredevil brain surgeon.
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The patient had seizures. The surgeon got rid of them, but took away the patient's ability to remember as well. One of the most famous cases in the history of brain surgery.
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How memory apps can help people with dementia tap into their past

How memory apps can help people with dementia tap into their past | memoir writing | Scoop.it
New apps that help people with dementia to reminisce about their earlier lives have the potential to transform their care and their quality of life
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Pascal said, "La coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point" (The heart has its reasons, which reason itself does not know). It turns out that the mind also sometimes has reasons that we cannot reason away.
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Slavery: memory and afterlives

What role does memory play in the politics of
the present? How can we build better futures through politicising the past? The
Brigstow
Institute brings us a series reflecting on these
questions.
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History is a nation's memory. This essay explores the imperatives and cautions bound up with cultural memory
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This may be the last chance to tell the story of these survivors

This may be the last chance to tell the story of these survivors | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Holocaust survivors appear with actors reading their testimony in the devastating theater piece "Last Witnesses."
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The transmission of cultural memory is often a matter of parents telling stories to their children. But sometimes the job can be done more effectively by third parties, on stage
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Tips for writing an investigative memoir

Tips for writing an investigative memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Want to write an investigative memoir involving a dead loved one? Journalist Jessica Barraco outlines the process of researching her own mother's life.
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Here are some guidelines for the times when you are compelled to write about somebody who could have written, but did not write, a story in the first person.  
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The Mandela effect

The Mandela effect | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The Mandela Effect is a name given to the phenomenon of the collective misremembering of specific facts or events. Does anyone know why it happens?
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A fascinating look at how and why many people share certain false memories
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Seniors who feel 'old' more likely to have memory problems

Seniors who feel 'old' more likely to have memory problems | memoir writing | Scoop.it
By Linda Thrasybule(Reuters Health) - The older that seniors feel relative to their actual age, the greater their odds of cognitive decline in the co
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Thinking you are old before your time can have a negative effect on your memory. The jury is still out on this one, but it seems to pay off to be optimistic about your physical and mental condition.
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Memoir of a writer who cannot slip free of her past

Memoir of a writer who cannot slip free of her past | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Angela Palm's intriguing book is filled with sharp analysis of the relationship between place, social status, and ethos.
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The possibilities of memoir continue to expand. Here is a book that takes the genre into relatively unexplored corners.
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Memory and attention are affected by much lower levels of dehydration than previously thought

Memory and attention are affected by much lower levels of dehydration than previously thought | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Feeling thirsty could be affecting your brain function more than you realise.
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More evidence of the strong link between mind and body 
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Is it normal to be so forgetful? 

Is it normal to be so forgetful?  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
It is normal to forget when one grows older. But when one is unusually forgetful, it can be a warning sign of memory impairment.
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Alzheimer's and dementia are not the only conditions that cause memory impairment in seniors. This articles examines one of the other possibilities.
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The memory gap: how technology took over the mind

The memory gap: how technology took over the mind | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The Spectator podcast: Listen to Isabel Hardman, Lara Prendergast, Charlotte Jee, Editor of Techworld, and Professor Martin Conway, head of psychology at…
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The possible consequences of digital amnesia may be a new reality, but fears that they  may occur began thousands of years ago, as soon as ideas were put into written form.  
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Everything you need to know about amnesia or 'Dory syndrome'

Everything you need to know about amnesia or 'Dory syndrome' | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Amnesia can strip people of their confidence and identity
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A basic primer on why some people develop memory leaks, and what they can do about it
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How I switched from writing fiction to a daunting memoir

How I switched from writing fiction to a daunting memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Diane Schoemperlen writes about her transition from fiction writing to write her memoir, This Is Not My Life.
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Fiction and memoir require different disciplines, different methods. An author who is used to letting the imagination roam is in very different waters when the prime consideration is self-honesty. Here is one such story.
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There’s no need to protect you from Nadja Spiegelman’s memoir. Really.

There’s no need to protect you from Nadja Spiegelman’s memoir. Really. | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Though she's long been a character in the work of her father Art Spiegelman ("Maus"), Nadja Spiegelman's making her debut with a dazzling memoir.
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Here's a novel concept: To ask the people in your memories to tell you what they remember about the same things. This author says it makes her doubt everybody's ability to recall the past.
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Sleep 'resets' brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals

Sleep 'resets' brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Discovery that sleeplessness causes neurons to become ‘muddled’ with electrical activity could help develop new treatments for mental health disorders
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We spend lots of effort looking at pharmacological and nutritional remedies when we can't remember as well as we used to. Part of the cause of our decline may be much simpler, and less costly to cure. 
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'Sorrow Road' delves deep into the vagaries of memory

'Sorrow Road' delves deep into the vagaries of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
"Sorrow Road" (Minotaur), by Julia Keller Memories are seldom infallible. Two people can remember the same event, yet their recollections vastly differ. Th
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A novel based on and full of reflections about how and what people remember
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How to write the tough stuff

How to write the tough stuff | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Here are five tips for those worried that their writing on grief will alienate readers — or loved ones.
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Your memories are your own, and you must express them. How do you do it without offending others?
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Penelope's curator insight, August 25, 11:40 AM
Considering writing a memoir? As you're pondering your past, there may be some sludge that comes bubbling up. This article has some good advice for authors as to what to include, and what to leave out. Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***

Link to the original article: http://modernloss.com/write-the-tough-stuff/
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The best and worst things about writing my autobiography

The best and worst things about writing my autobiography | memoir writing | Scoop.it
During an August 17 interview at the press conference for the Hair Nation Festival at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, California, '80
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Some brief but trenchant comments about what confronts writers trying to confront their own life
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Your best friend Is like Google for your memories

Your best friend Is like Google for your memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The more interconnected the memories, the stronger the bond.
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Intimate relationships can seem to do wonders for our memories, even when we argue with our friends and relatives about what really happened
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The mysterious matriarch in my mind

The mysterious matriarch in my mind | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The steadfast image of my proud Native American great-great-great-grandmother has given me a strong sense of self for years. Does that all change if I realize that I made her up?
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History, according to Benjamin Franklin, is not so much what happened as what historians say happened. Similarly, it can be claimed that a person's past is not so much what happened as what is remembered
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How the internet affects your brain: The connection between technology and human memory

How the internet affects your brain: The connection between technology and human memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Researchers explore how cognitive offloading changes the way we think, learn and solve problems.
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As our reliance on technological memory increases, our ability to remember without help diminishes
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Mystery of déjà vu explained – it’s how we check our memories

Mystery of déjà vu explained – it’s how we check our memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The phenomenon seems to be a sign of a healthy memory that forms accurate memories, déjà vu brain scans have revealed for the first time
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Fascinating. Nothing for me to say here that I think I haven't said already
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My husband wouldn’t read my memoir

My husband wouldn’t read my memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
I wanted him to want to make time to read my manuscript—but he kept letting our life get in the way
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Audience is a prime consideration for publishers, as it must be for writers as well. But the author's direct audience includes first readers of a memoir. They are sometimes as familiar with the material as the author is, and less willing to engage emotionally.
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How to figure out 'What should I do next?'

How to figure out 'What should I do next?' | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The author of 'It's Never Too Late to Begin Again' offers four creativity tools to help you answer the question: What should I do next with my life?
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One of the best ways to recall the past is to have documented it when it was the present. Here are some tips on keeping a daily journal.
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What experts wish you knew about false memories

What experts wish you knew about false memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Just because you're absolutely confident you remember something accurately doesn't mean it's true
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In this article, three top memory researchers share some important insights about their field of expertise
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