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a look at how we remember and write about the past
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Messing With Memoir

Messing With Memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it

A memoir is the older self looking at the younger self. But what happens when a still older self wants to take another look? This author actually did it.

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How easy it is to create fake memories

How easy it is to create fake memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Now the people in white lab coats are studying why you and your mother both think the other one is wrong about what happened back when. 

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Abbreviated Dictionary of Memory Types

Abbreviated Dictionary of Memory Types | memoir writing | Scoop.it

There are many kinds of memory, and the kind we use when we write is not the same as the kind we use when we solve a puzzle. There are 14 different types of memory listed here, and none of them are esoteric.  

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Facebook as reality

Facebook as reality | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Social media change the way we perceive the world. If it's not in a data base, how are we to know it happened?

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Memory as the story of the self

Memory as the story of the self | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Memories -- distorted, unreliable, even false -- are gigantic ingredients in our idea of what made us who we have become. 

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The psychology of home: Why where you live means so much

The psychology of home: Why where you live means so much | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Where you used to live is where your past still lives. It is where the person you are meets the person you were, and it is the current address of memoir. 

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Reconstructing memory

Reconstructing memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it

History gets rewritten all the time, and historians are lucky that the people who were there die out after a few years. 

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The Era of “E-Lit”: Reading 800 Million Memoirs on Facebook

The Era of “E-Lit”: Reading 800 Million Memoirs on Facebook | memoir writing | Scoop.it

For philosophers: How Facebook's Timeline is making a reductio ad absurdum out of the whole concept of memoir.

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Your story should grip readers, but what you say should be more memorable than the number of words you use

Your story should grip readers, but what you say should be more memorable than the number of words you use | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Advice on how to compress narratives into just the right length, no matter how complex they are.

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Best of FiveBooks on Memoirs

Best of FiveBooks on Memoirs | memoir writing | Scoop.it

A year-end compilation of memoirs, with some worthwhile analysis of the writing technique of each of the authors. 

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Repressed memory

Repressed memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Are recovered memories legitimate only to junk scientists? This post examines the legal consequences in one case.

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How Do We Identify Good Ideas?

How Do We Identify Good Ideas? | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Some things we think about just don't deserve to be written about. Experience can tell us what to tell the world and what to keep to ourselves.

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Augusten Burroughs on the nature of memory

Another take on Proust: Our memories play with us, getting twisted and polluted every time we call on them. Or do we play with them without knowing it? The past exists in a game of Telephone we play every time we tell a life story.

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Jane Fonda on what we learn by looking back

A talk touching on how the law of entropy affects everything in the world except the human spirit, and hinting at some of the rewards that await people who carefully review their lives at a time when their contemporaries are just waiting for the end.

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Story, truth, and character in fiction and memoir

Story, truth, and character in fiction and memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Two authors discuss similarities and differences in the writing methods of novelists and memoirists.  

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The art of writing biography

The art of writing biography | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Valuable observations about how careful attention to time and place helps stengthen life stories. 

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Racetrack ticket triggers life's existential questions

Racetrack ticket triggers life's existential questions | memoir writing | Scoop.it

As if we needed more reasons to write our life stories today, while they are fresh and meaningful to us and others.

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The Importance of Forgetting: Why a Bad Memory is a Good Memory

The Importance of Forgetting: Why a Bad Memory is a Good Memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it

The purpose of human memory is not to store information but to organize information so we can understand and predict the world.

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Should we erase painful memories?

Should we erase painful memories? | memoir writing | Scoop.it

This article discusses the possibility that medical science might eliminate psychic pain just as it has reduced physical pain. If our identity is deeply tied to the traumas we have survived, what might this mean for our sense of self?

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How to Ask the Difficult Questions

How to Ask the Difficult Questions | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Some good advice here for people using interviews as the basis of memoirs, either their own or somebody else's.

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Beware Hollywood Memoirs: They’re Dull and Overrated

Beware Hollywood Memoirs: They’re Dull and Overrated | memoir writing | Scoop.it

Ghost-written memoirs aren't really memoirs at all. They are generally read by gossip-mongers, not by people who want to use the reality of other lives to learn about their own.

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What Is Your Life Story?

What Is Your Life Story? | memoir writing | Scoop.it

The memoirs we write reflect the stories about ourselves that have been internalized for years. Here is one writer's advice about how to treat those inner stories to find our own truth before we put words on paper. 

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