Posts Tagged 'memory'

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – III

If an atrocity isn’t written about, it stops existing when the last witnesses die. That’s what I can’t stand. If a mass shooting, a bomb, a whatever, is written about, then at least it’s made a tiny dent in the world’s memory. Someone, somewhere, some time, has a chance of learning what happened. And, just maybe, acting on it. Or not. But at least it’s there.

Mitchell, David. The Bone Clocks: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2014.

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Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe – I

It is my nature, my joy and my curse, to forget nothing. Every rattling chain and whistling wind, every sight, smell, and taste, remains changeless in my mind, and though I know it is not so with everyone, I cannot imagine what it can mean to be otherwise, as if one had slept when in fact an experience is merely remote.

Wolfe, Gene. Shadow & Claw. New York: ORB, 1994.