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Kiese Laymon and Casey Gerald Confront American Success - The Atlantic
“It ain’t about making white folk feel what you feel,” she told him—advice that Gerald’s Granny seems to have lived by too. “It’s about not feeling what they want you to feel. Do you hear me? You better know from whence you came and forget about those folk.” Unlike the American Memoir, our stories must be honest. That is how we get free.
memory  books  nonfiction  writing  race  usa  academia  family  identity  presence 
18 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: Crying in H Mart
I wonder how many people at H Mart miss their families. How many are thinking of them as they bring their trays back from the different stalls. Whether they’re eating to feel connected, to celebrate these people through food. Which ones weren’t able to fly back home this year, or for the past ten years? Which ones are like me, missing the people who are gone from their lives forever?
memory  family  southkorea  food  shopping  identity  philadelphia  cancer  asianamerican 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Catapult | Writing Letters to Mao | Jennifer S. Cheng
All writers in some way compose love letters to their obsessions. A letter can be a document of deep ambivalences, contradictions, and silences, submerged in the complexities of shared and unshared histories. Or: a longing to locate two disparate points in an expanse of sky.
writing  china  asian  asianamerncan  memory  immigration  history  power 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
On Mourning Your Former Selves - Original Essay by Morgan Jerkins
I have disturbed myself: this is how I know that I have accomplished something grand. I have unraveled a part of myself, and my emotional and physiological responses demonstrate that what I have written is not trivial. And therefore, the title seems fitting: This is (in fact) my undoing.
time  memory  writing  storytelling  transparency  nonfiction  identity 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation
“My mother was a dictionary,” he began. “She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her.”
americanindian  seattle  washingtonstate  memory  poetry  writing  language 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
On Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age — Architecting A Life — Medium
If I go back through my ersatz spark file now, each note triggers the memory of something I was thinking at the time, but the fragments look disjointed and nonsensical. It’s a text that is, per Didion, meaningful only to me.
digital  memory  writing  attention  data  information 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The Weird Thing About Facebook: Status Updates Are The Most Memorable Writing You Do | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
Facebook posts, as well as Twitter posts, are so memorable because they are what Mickes calls “mind ready": unedited and unfiltered. They’re off-the-cuff remarks and thoughts. These words, which flow quickly and easily from your friend’s mind onto his Facebook page, are then absorbed by you with similar ease. But is it really true that to make people remember what you write, you should simply spew?
facebook  research  socialmedia  twitter  writing  memory  language  blogging 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
After 30 Years, I Finally Went To A Barry Manilow Concert : The Record : NPR
I liked pop and didn't know to call it that. Liked pop and didn't know that me liking it is what in fact made it popular. I didn't know to articulate anything about pop phrasings, straightforward melodies and the crisp, bold enunciations that with some luck and a promo budget meant millions would request a song at radio, meant millions would purchase singles and albums and T-shirts and lunchboxes, would contribute to the radio/sales/tour/merchandise quadruped that, until the internet and "views" and "free," meant a song could gallop to the top, and be, in ways that are more elusive now, a really big show. An artist could reach the kind of places that are, as Jay-Z says, "higher than weather." I didn't know that Barry Manilow made himself as much as he was made. I didn't know he was raised by a single mother in (Williamsburg) Brooklyn. I didn't know what Brooklyn was.
music  1970s  hiphop  celebrity  memory 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Flickr Is Back, Letting Us Go Home Again | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
It wasn’t just that we wanted yet another app update. It’s that we didn’t want to give up on what we already had. In short, we wanted to go home again.
flickr  photography  twitter  facebook  social  mobile  memory 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Snapchat and the Erasable Future of Social Media - Businessweek
“Unarchived communication is our most primal form of communication,” she says. “It’s natural for us to go back to it for things like communicating with our friends and family, and not having to think about the fact that the Internet is forever. Ephemeral data is the future.”
twitter  facebook  privacy  photography  mobile  memory  law  presence  reputation  attention 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Duncan Sheik Uncovers Hope For The '80s : The Record : NPR
For musicians, mining the 1980s has proven very fruitful on a sonic and stylistic level. Synth-pop's colonization of indie rock during the past decade occurred partly because of technology; making electronic music is now such an accessible and self-contained process that going the rock band route seems almost ecologically unsound.

I also wonder if youthful fans of synth pop and New Wave style are looking for ways to be expressive but not overly earnest. To be a party person is to create a safe space for individual liberation and experimentation, and the 1980s model of a party person — crazily clothed, like some kind of exotic bird or Muppet — seems exceptionally well guarded from the risk of being taken too seriously.
1980s  music  pop  memory  songwriting  art  technology  electronica 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Evan Williams | evhead: Five Reasons Domains Are Getting Less Important
While a good .com name is still worth a lot, it's not as crucial to success on the internet as it used to be. And the forces that have made it less important will continue to make it less important over time (especially the mobile-related ones). I'd still opt (and pay up) for a nice, clean .com if I could get one, but I wouldn't consider it a must have.
names  technology  business  reputation  memory  search  web 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and the Terrifying Truth About New Technology - WSJ.com
I'm not saying you have to keep up. But at the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink. You'll be able to communicate with fewer people, especially the young. You will only see reruns. You will not understand how to pay for things. The outside world will become a frightening and unpredictable place.
As they say, the only constant is change.
Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers.

I, for one, don't want to be left behind.
social  technology  internet  psychology  culture  innovation  attention  youth  twitter  foursquare  aging  memory  future 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Baltimore band Wye Oak: Juggling loneliness and aloneness on their new 'Civilian' | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“I used to keep a journal," she said, “but I would always forget to carry it around, and my ideas come when I’m out and about. My iPhone, though, is the one thing I have on my person at all times. So when I think of a guitar part or a vocal line or some lyrics, I put them on my iPhone. That way, when I have time to work on songs, I don’t face that blank-page syndrome like I used to. I played back that guitar riff and started singing scat syllables over it.
songwriting  art  iphone  mobile  memory  attention  creativity  technology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Sue de Beer’s Latest Video, at Park Avenue Armory - NYTimes.com
“As an artist, you shed all these objects which were the ‘you’ back in the moment when you made them,” she said. “And then you go back and hardly recognize them and feel like the person who made them wasn’t you but someone else, like a sister or something. And you wonder ‘What was she like?’ ”
memory  art  creativity  attention  identity  beauty  nyc  nytimes  video 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Liza Fesses Up | Music | The Advocate
[...] “Every performer, if she’s good, will make you in the audience feel as if you know her. And the fact is, all you know is performance…. To a lot of people, Liza is a symbol. What she is to me, besides being somebody I love, is an immense talent. What other people choose to make of her—what the audience sees is what the audience needs to see. And what she really is and what all great performers are is a combination of supreme talent, discipline, hard work, self-criticism, all sorts of prosaic things that the people who watch her don’t like to deal with because it’s too boring.”

So if Liza’s never really thought about you, don’t take it personally. Her job isn’t to think about you. Her job is to make a self for you to think about. In fact, if she spent her time thinking about you, there would be no her for you to know. Instead of wondering what Liza thinks about her gay audience, wonder, How did she make that self—and how, in spite of everything, has she kept it?
media  music  identity  creativity  gay  celebrity  public  memory  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
"For Better": The science of marital unhappiness - Nonfiction - Salon.com
It's not that if you have a bad memory of your first date that you're headed for divorce, but I think it's a useful tool to listen to yourself and your partner, and when you start to hear the negativity creep in, it's a red flag.

I was in marriage counseling at one point and the counselor wanted to hear about our first date, and I thought it was a ridiculous question. I thought we needed to talk about what's happening now, not what happened 20 years ago. And I wish she had stopped to explain that it does matter. Later, I would tell the exact same story and there would be a few little negative fingers in there. There's a big difference between saying, "We got horribly lost on our first date," and, "Of course, you didn't stop to ask for directions." It's the same first date but by the time he's being accused of not getting directions, you can tell that the relationship is going south. You can see that the structure of the relationship has changed.
marriage  relationships  love  science  research  books  nytimes  memory  story 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Resonant Frequency #63
I knew this, of course-- that everything in the world is on YouTube now-- and yet somehow the extent of it never quite hit me. If you spend a lot of time seeing what was recorded and uploaded from a cell phone last week or last night, you forget to look for what was recorded last century. That's someone's memory up there.
youtube  time  memory  music  reading  identity  video  attention 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Generation B - From Local Editor to Local Politician, a Civic Call - NYTimes.com
When we’re young, we assume that history is stored away some place safe and solid like a library or university. But by middle age, when the weight of the world has fallen upon us, we come to understand that the institutional memory of a government body or newspaper or city of 80,000 is fragile, residing within a small number of individuals who are bright enough and who care enough to know.
history  memory  journalism  newspapers  ohio  government  media 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
UC Davis News & Information :: Study Finds Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory and Emotion
“What’s cool about this is that one of the main parts of the brain that’s tracking the music is the same part of the brain that’s responding overall to how autobiographically salient the music is,” Janata said.

Because memory for autobiographically important music seems to be spared in people with Alzheimer’s disease, Janata said, one of his long-term goals is to use this research to help develop music-based therapy for people with the disease.

“Providing patients with MP3 players and customized playlists,” he speculated, “could prove to be a quality-of-life improvement strategy that would be both effective and economical.”
memory  science  brain  music  beauty  health  mp3  identity 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Lauren Groff - Rooms
I have a friend who writes outdoors. He likes the fresh air, he says, the light, the thousand shifting changes in the world. Outside, his imagination can go wild, like a pet cat that escapes and imagines itself feral until kibble-time.

This friend is the kind of person who makes you drunk with exuberance, and after I heard about his method, I decided that I, too, would become a plein-air scribbler, sunburnt and prolific. For an afternoon, I sat at the park down the street and waited for inspiration to descend like Glinda the Good Witch and touch me with her twinkly wand.

Instead, the white sky above was too much like a blank page, infinite in possibility, and, terrified, I slunk on home. I do best in small, dark places, and would probably write well in a closet, if it weren't for the indignity of sitting amongst the coats.
writing  fiction  shortstory  story  creativity  space  work  aesthetics  memory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - John Hodgman
"Nostalgia is the most toxic impulse of all. It's what drives terrorism, on either end of the political spectrum, the idea that there is a beautiful past we can recover if we just force everyone to do what we want, through persuasion or bombs. That has been a fantasy since the good old days that never existed."
memory  writing  creativity  books  portland  war  politics  terrorism  interviews 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Kate Brennan
"[...] When it came time to actually choose a pen name, I was driven by a need to have it feel connected to me. I amazed myself with how complicated I made the process. I rearranged the letters of my first, middle and last names. The results all sounded like strippers. Next I combined my initials with those of my parents'. Those names all sounded like they belonged to 18th-century poets. Then I tried variations with my confirmation name, but since I didn't like that one even when I chose it, the results held no appeal.

"Finally, running out of time, I opted for a name that was not obviously linked to me, yet one that felt familiar. I settled on Kate Brennan, a name as clean and simple as my own.

"Now that I'm attached to it, I can only ask that no one rob me of the protection it affords."
anonymity  writing  crime  feminism  identity  women  names  memory 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Me and My Girls - The Night of the Gun - David Carr - NYTimes.com
"I now inhabit a life I don’t deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon."
drugs  drinking  alcohol  minnesota  memory  writing  recovery 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Ink Q&A - Nikolai Grozni
"Life is absurd — and so is enlightenment. Life is funny — and so is enlightenment. Life is larger than categories, absolutes, and dogmas. And so is enlightenment."
buddhism  religion  spirituality  travel  india  aesthetics  humor  ritual  memory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Sadie Jones
"We feel the pull of nature very strongly, relating — even unknowingly — feeling in ourselves to bulbs being stirred in frozen ground, or to the branches of dead trees. Perhaps this indivisibility from nature is an important thing to recognize [...]"
nature  books  writing  creativity  memory  environment 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dealbreaker: The Digital Camera - Nerve.com
"I find over-documenting relationships to be like showing too much skin — the unrecorded knowledge of what's underneath should be part of the allure, not something you can upload and crop until it's flawless."
photography  memory  love  relationships  writing  sex  history  travel 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Iraq: The War Card - The Center for Public Integrity
"In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
bush  cheney  data  government  iraq  journalism  memory  military  politics  research  rhetoric  statistics  terrorism  usa  war 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Not a Memoir: Shalom Auslander
"Respect muttered, climbed out the window and said, 'You're wasting your time.' Rage opened my laptop, pressed the power button and said, 'Write.' And so I did."
memory  writing  nonfiction  fiction  books  publishing  creativity  history  judaism  religion  parenting 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New Year’s Eve - New York Times
"I remember the resolutions I made when I was younger. I find myself thinking that one way to describe nature is a realm where resolutions have no meaning."
ritual  brain  thinking  memory  aging  nature 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
With Regrets, New Orleans Is Left Behind - New York Times
“It’s not New Orleans to me. And I find myself asking, Where are all the people? I see all the empty houses, and I knew once there was people in all those houses. Where are the people, you know? Where are the people? [...]"
neworleans  louisiana  identity  usa  hurricane  katrina  social  public  memory  black  poverty 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Call Me by Your Name - By André Aciman - Books - Review - New York Times
"'Ultimately, the real site of nostalgia is not the place that was lost or the place that was never quite had in the first place; it is the text that must record that loss.'"
memory  history  relationships  love  novels  literature  writing  biography 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
From Ants to People, an Instinct to Swarm - New York Times
“One of the really fun things that we’re doing now is understanding how the type of feedbacks in these groups is like the ones in the brain that allows humans to make decisions."
identity  memory  behavior  psychology  social  animals  fauna 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Exclusive Interview with 'The Wire' creator David Simon (Inside TV)
"And within that culture we have people that are saying, ‘oh no, we’re going to do more with less,’ which is one of the great lies of the 21st century. What it means is we’re going to less with less."
cities  baltimore  newspapers  politics  journalism  corporations  media  business  memory  information 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
$5 Chocolate Bar (Ftrain.com)
“We're just saying hello. Sometimes that's all you need to have your faith renewed, just someone nice noticing that you bothered to get dressed.”
writing  story  memory  brooklyn  essay 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
LA Weekly - News - I Am Not From Venus - Judith Lewis - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles
"Because as the years barrel toward 40, I have begun to face another truth, one that chills less, but chills all the same: I am never going to find the model relationship, because half of that relationship is always going to be me."
relationships  love  marriage  men  women  identity  aging  memory 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NMAAHC - Get Involved
"We invite you to use this space to contribute memories of people, places and things that have been important to you."
memory  history  black  community  identity  online 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
a sense of face: the acht brothers, 1891
"[S]omehow in meeting people, in talking to them, i feel as though i gather up pieces of myself that i didn’t know were there, in some measure unraveling essential truths about who i am and where i am from."
judaism  family  history  israel  russia  identity  genocide  memory  story  relationships 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Rigging a study to make conservatives look stupid. - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine
"You've manufactured a tiny world of letters, half-seconds, and button-pushing, so you can catch us in clear errors and keep out the part of life where our tendencies correct yours."
politics  science  research  psychology  memory  identity  brain  statistics 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach - washingtonpost.com
"If someone says, 'I did not harass her,' I associate the idea of harassment with this person. Even if he is innocent, this is what is activated when I hear this person's name again."
memory  psychology  politics  research  society  story  communication  news  attention  persistence 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Feline's four-legged walk reveals how memory works: study
"Although we use vision extensively to guide our walking, we don't look at our feet as we walk — we look three or four steps ahead and remember the terrain."
research  science  animals  fauna  brain  memory 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Your Cheatin’ Listenin’ Ways - New York Times
“The basic architecture of how we understand language is much more similar between reading and listening than it is different.”
reading  books  novels  memory  aesthetics  language 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Names We Choose or Ignore - New York Times
"Professor Greene’s larger point is that cities express communal values by naming schools, bridges or roads after people. When they settle on a name like Owl Creek [...] they are essentially saying nothing."
nature  community  aesthetics  identity  government  behavior  history  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Gregarious Brain
"The conventional view is that language evolved to enable males to do things like coordinate hunts more effectively. . . . I am suggesting that language evolved to allow us to gossip."
language  evolution  science  health  behavior  relationships  social  thinking  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The southern urban negro as a consumer: a machine-readable transcription.
Ooooweeee. Tiffany B. Brown shouldn't've sent it to me but she did, oh, she did, yes, she did.
memory  history  black  marketing  government  demography 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Offices change, but sometimes ghosts linger | Chicago Tribune
"The new people in an office don't see the ghosts because they never knew them, never smelled their cologne or their office lunches, never laughed or winced at their jokes, never eavesdropped on their phone conversations or helped them solve a problem."
newspapers  media  journalism  work  jobs  corporations  business  memory 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Village Voice: Status Ain't Hood
"Quiet as it's kept, the Chemical Brothers always made great road-trip music." Detroit-to-Baltimore, summer of '97, in a Buick with "Dig Your Own Hole" on repeat: Good times.
music  memory  travel  songwriting  nyc 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Life in Rim Shots - Dick Cavett - Opinion - Times Select - New York Times Blog
“ 'He’ll screw it up, you know,' I said." "I know. The only way to get him to print a joke right is to tell it to him wrong."
comedy  humor  writing  journalism  story  nonfiction  memory  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Judd Apatow's Family Values
"I finally learned something maybe most people learn as a kid. If you want someone to come around to your point of view, it’s not wise to curse and then tell them they're idiots."
family  families  cinema  story  fiction  memory  creativity  friendship 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times
"[W]e find that these narratives guide behavior in every moment, and frame not only how we see the past but how we see ourselves in the future."
story  nonfiction  memory  psychology  identity  behavior 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Why a Famous Counterfactual Historian Loves Making History With Games
"The power of counterfactual thinking is that forces us to step outside of our comfort zones. When we think about historical events, we have 20/20 hindsight -- so we forget how confusing and uncertain they were at the time."
history  games  technology  story  nonfiction  memory  information  thinking 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
No One Says ‘9/11.’ No One Needs To. - New York Times
"Works that take an unspoken approach to 9/11 assume that no one needs to be reminded of what happened; that ignores the possibility that maybe no one wants to."
september11  terror  cinema  film  television  nyc  creativity  memory 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve Q&A: Wes Craven
"Horror reflects things about ourselves that are ugly, and people need to deny that, to assume that it's just coming from whoever made the film and not reflecting human nature."
aesthetics  cinema  film  psychology  social  memory  beauty  france 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: And Now, A Few Words in Defense of Nostalgia
"In that sense, a reunion show is the ultimate rock ’n’ roll concert: a sensory experience overwhelmed by an imaginary one; a musical event that is merely a pretext for a social one."
memory  pop  rock  music  identity  social  aesthetics  brain 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Not Reunions, Reinventions (Back and Better. Really.) - New York Times
"If you're still looking for something sacred, it probably can't be found in their values or politics or cult significance. It's in you: It is your own reaction to how they sound. Nobody can take that away from you."
music  rock  pop  creativity  marketing  aging  memory 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Amis Inheritance
“You have to distinguish between what is universal for your age group [...] and what is reality [...] I believe that a writer has a solemn duty to be cheerful and to guard against the failures of tolerance which characterize age."
aging  creativity  writing  fiction  novels  uk  family  memory 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | My backroad memorial
"About 10 times a year, I get completely airborne in my vehicle while speeding over the railroad tracks just past my daughters' elementary school a mile from our house."
nonfiction  family  memory  california  rock  music  cars 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Time in the Animal Mind - New York Times
“Information is not really what characterizes mental time travel. I know that in 1967 in Sweden my mom gave birth to me, but that doesn’t mean I can travel back to that time and experience that event.”
animals  fauna  memory  science  research  evolution  time 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A messy desk can breed success: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Really, the argument is not to be a slob. The basic argument is people tend to overvalue order because they rarely look at the cost of generating that order."
jobs  work  memory  aesthetics  behavior  philosophy  thinking  time  social 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Pentagon Preps Mind Fields
"With technology, we're constantly interrupting people, burdening people. My phone is ringing, my Blackberry is buzzing, I've gotten 20 e-mails since we started talking. We just want people to be able to focus. Give them a bit of peace."
government  research  e-mail  memory  attention  presence  war  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Luminist
“I don’t find my own experiences very interesting. I find my observations interesting. Maybe that’s why I’m a photographer. Maybe an observation is an experience that means more to you than other experiences.”
photography  identity  aesthetics  memory  history  creativity  vancouver  canada  art 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - By Ishmael Beah - Books - Review - New York Times
"Beah tells a story of a messenger sent by the rebels. All his fingers had been amputated except his thumbs. In more peaceful times, Sierra Leoneans used to give one another a thumbs-up sign that meant 'one love' (a gestural echo of the reggae song) [..]"
africa  writing  nonfiction  war  memory 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BoGlobe: Welcome Candy, Sam, & George
"They see my name, and no matter what passport I have, they ask where I come from, do I know about the Shia and the Sunni. It was really becoming uncomfortable for me. You feel like you're defending yourself every single day."
immigration  ethnic  usa  identity  memory  demography  china  vietnam 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: A Game of Magical Thinking Leaves Reality on the Sidelines
"Rationally, you should not feel responsible at all for the outcome of the Super Bowl. But the more people perceived themselves as having thought about the game, the more they thought themselves responsible for the game's outcome."
memory  brain  public  sports  identity  psychology  health  sociology  thinking 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties - By Robert Stone
"If the memoir makes just one outright policy statement, it’s in protest of neverending public burning not only of individuals but of the idea that consciousness is private, and not a domain for armed agents of the state."
drugs  books  nonfiction  memory  literature  1960s 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t - New York Times
“All the varieties of free will worth having, we have. We have the power to veto our urges and then to veto our vetoes. We have the power of imagination, to see and imagine futures.”
psychology  memory  health  identity  science  research 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Music of the Hemispheres
"Most memories degrade and distort with time; why would pop music memories be so sharply encoded? Perhaps because music triggers the reward centers in our brains."
brain  music  pop  rock  memory  social  gender  science  research  nyc  culture 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Newsroom Mentoring: A Rare but Essential Element of Journalism | Committee of Concerned Journalists
"The institutional memory of many news organizations is walking out the front door almost on a daily basis."
journalism  media  newspapers  memory  corporations  work  jobs  jobless 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
eastbayexpress.com - News - What's Wrong with This Picture?
"I think a lot of guys assume that as a matter of birthright they know how to photograph women nude. It's like, we know how to be good in bed, you know? And both of those statements are complete bullshit."
photography  men  women  gender  aesthetics  memory  art  beauty 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
"We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work."
creative  english  fiction  humor  literature  memory  minimalism  poetry  reading  scifi  shortstory  story  writing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Planet Google Wants You
“You use something and in seeing yourself using it, you say to yourself, ‘Hey, I’m using it all the time, must be because I’m loyal to it.’ It becomes a virtuous circle.”
marketing  google  technology  memory  corporations  privacy  public  email  yahoo  www 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NNS: Young Iranians Find New Meaning in Ancient Death Rituals
It's out of respect for our family so we do it, but when I go to visit him alone, I feel he knows I'm there. That's when I think I'm actually reaching him again."
death  iran  islam  family  families  ritual  memory  food  obituaries  religion 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Michael Frayn's "While you are sleeping"
"The story, like the dream [...] develops a logic of its own that begins to generate events of its own accord. The author finds himself in the same position as his characters, swept along by events he can no longer control."
dreams  sleep  health  aesthetics  memory  fiction  novels  playwriting  cinema 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
MPR: Commentaries: Barber's Adagio brought back memories
"The first time several of us heard it was aboard our medivac chopper, a Bell HU-1, 'Huey' filled with wounded. To tell the truth we usually played rock for all these guys. We were all around nineteen even the pilot was only twenty-one."
music  songwriting  classical  war  vietnam  memory 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #39
"And I found myself wishing, while it was playing, that I could be Kate Bush sitting at a piano. This, instead of playing air guitar to Page's solo on 'Stairway to Heaven.' What could it mean?"
aesthetics  popmusic  rock  teenagers  music  memory  men  children  friendship  gender  detroit  school  uk  drinking 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Living Memento - Is happiness worth losing your memory? By Jay Michaelson
"He craves the memories, flavors, and formative experiences that make up his identity and tells us how, with the help of friends, he has tried to reconstruct what he has done, whom he has known. For him, forgetfulness is a form of extinction."
memory  identity  health  medicine 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Think of a Number ... Come On, Think!
"We have a lot more transactions of different kinds, most of which have a very small memory component. But when you add up all of those small memory components, they turn into something big."
memory  technology  thinking  cellphones 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Director's Director
"Like the inhabitants of Garcia Marquez's Macondo or Balzac's Paris, Wong's characters turn out to inhabit a dense overlapping universe in a fantastic chain of desire, rejection and loss."
asian  cinema  identity  memory  world 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
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