On reading and memory
Have you guys listened to Radiolab? I love it; it’s a pastiche of pop science, psychology and music. They have a great episode on the nature of memory. Apparently the less you access your memories, the more intact they remain. If you mull over past events, you change them – they become fictionalised, cross-pollinated with other memories, TV shows, anecdotes. They are unreliable. Which is why I love reading these old books so much – there are those pictures, the same pictures I had in my head when I was eight. I can revisit a former, purer version of myself.