I really enjoyed the readings for this week; I found their overall message to be very heartfelt and genuine. I believe that any recollection of a memory must have some extent of sincerity and compassion – or else it would not be worth retaining. Even if one may recall a horrific event, the authenticity of that recollection is often portrayed in vivid emotions. These memories are uncovered in many forms – rarely as a picture perfect snap shot of a moment in time. The untainted emotions – the scents, sounds, textures, images; all combine in such a way that the author is presented with great difficulty when trying to describe the sensation.
I found Brainard’s approach to describing his childhood memories both charming and captivating. Each fragment of his piece gave the reader just enough insight to feel the emotion he is describing or visualize exactly what he recalls. From the “flood of warm white” inside burnt marshmallows, to the “fingernails to scalp” Saturday night hair washings – Brainard was able to relay his memories in a playfully entertaining manor (113-115). Similar to “Why I Write” by Williams we read the first day of class, this reading was entertaining and captivating – and I really enjoyed the refreshing, simplistic style.
Codrescu’s piece “Nostalgia for Everything” had a similar tactic – rather than describing a mere memory, Codrescu portrayed an array of scenarios all of which are brought about by the smell of wood fires. She describes tastes, such as the “bitter, hot espresso” and raw emotion while “feeling so terribly young and alone” (198).
Contrarily, Wolff takes quit a different spin on remembering in his piece, “Last Shot”. Rather than remembering his friend as whom he had been, he tends to remember him “in terms of what he never had a chance to be” (58). By taking this approach I believe that a memory may begin to feel more painful than desirable – because one is constantly reminded of how much he is missing.
Memory is a tricky topic to unfold. It may not always be provoked by a single sensation – any extent of imagery, sound, scent, can all trigger ones memory to a delightful, or perhaps no so cherished, moment in time.
What I find even more fascinating than the memory itself is what can trigger and “unlock” this memory. I have read many articles on the power of music and how it can aid in the recollection of memories in individuals suffering with memory loss. I couldn’t find the exact article that I wanted to post but I did find this video that is worth watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyZQf0p73QM
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