the rigorous m

bits and bobs, quotes and catching up

Posted by rigorousm on December 6, 2012

4. We make lists of things we want to remember, and then we lose the lists. My life is a tattered assemblage of abandoned calendars, misplaced agendas, water-damaged address books with names blurred, family trees I’ve never managed to hold coherently in mind, third cousins unrecalled named for third uncles unmet, files of papers I’ve misplaced or never look into…. Our memories may be tomb-worlds, after all, a place to spare others having to dwell. … We list things in order to cross them off, to relegate them with relief to the kingdom of amnesia. So leave me off your lists.

— “Things to Remember,” J Lethem 2008

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