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The Seven Sins of Memory

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Jun. 9th, 2014 | 06:04 pm

Misattribution: conflation of memories; falsely locating a memory in place or time
 - The last time my younger brother returned my phone call. In either a warm month or a warm location.
 - My father, my brothers, my sister and I at a table, as if we had at some time eaten dinner together.

Persistence: unwanted, yet unforgettable, recollections
 - My father watching the lid close on my sister’s face and whispering in my ear, "If that had been you, it would have killed me." Realizing I was the favorite.

Absent-mindedness: lapses of attention; forgetting to do things
 - Leaving the message, “I’m having lunch at two, at Marche across the street from your building, meet me there,” on my older brother’s answering machine, then getting a table for two anyway.

Transience: decreasing availability of memory over time.
 - The last time my older brother returned my phone call. Climate indeterminate.
 - Lying on the kitchen floor between the counter and the avocado-colored fridge. Not lying, struggling with my dad’s knee on top of me, one of us with a knife. I am certain the fridge was avocado.
 - The last time I returned my younger brother’s text. Cold weather?

Bias: retrospective distortions based on present knowledge
  - Telling my younger brother, “Dad wishes you would call him. You have to be the one who calls first.”
- My father coming home from the car lot, before my younger brother was born, Dad’s pockets full of pennies and Fruit-Stripe gum. There is a photograph of my younger self waiting at the window; my older self remembers looking out.

Suggestibility: incorporation of misinformation within a memory
- Dancing on my brother’s balcony with my niece, singing ‘Put Another Nickel In, In The Nickelodeon.’ She called it ‘The I Love You Song.’ It was a happy family lunch. Perhaps several of us were there.
 - Telling my older brother, “Dad asked after you. You should call him.”

Blocking: temporary inability to access stored information
 - The concierge in my brother’s building relaying, “I’m sorry, he says Rob doesn’t have a sister.”
 - The last time I had my brothers’ phone numbers.
 - Wanting to ask the price of a car, or whether gold is a good buy, and picking up the phone as if to call my father.





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kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre

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from: bleodswean
date: Jun. 9th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
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What an amazing form! Well done!

This killed me dead - There is a photograph of my younger self waiting at the window; my older self remembers looking out.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - I wasn't sure the form would work, but it was something I wanted to try.

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Cos

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from: cos
date: Jun. 18th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
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That's actually one of the places I stumbled. Trying to figure out if it's illustrating contradictory or matching memories, I kept going back and forth. When one is waiting at the window, one is often looking out the window, but does that show "retrospective distortions based on present knowledge"? So I didn't know quite how to interpret it.

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kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre

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from: bleodswean
date: Jun. 18th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
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Mmmmm....this is actually a beautifully presented example of retrospective distortion. I didn't assume the photograph and adult memory was a random photograph of a commonplace memory...but rather the adult remembers the moment...and it carries weight with hindsight coloured through the adult's interpretation.

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Jun. 10th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
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::hug::

It is a week for emotional entries.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Yep :) hug back

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lawchicky

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from: lawchicky
date: Jun. 10th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Ouch- this was like reading a punch in the guy. I'm sorry that you went through this.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - it wasn't all at once, so it's actually interesting to me to look at the pattern :)

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Good old captain crazy-pants

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from: dreamsreflected
date: Jun. 10th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
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you do remarkable things with form. This piece cuts like a knife with a serrated edge.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I wanted to explore this form, so I'm glad you liked how it worked.

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Teo Says

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from: eternal_ot
date: Jun. 10th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh well.. I liked the story more than the format..but yeah the format is awesome..:)..Amazing take!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Totally! Yeah, I would like to do something more with it at some point.

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i_17bingo

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from: i_17bingo
date: Jun. 10th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I am struggling to find something to say to this, but I am flabberghasted. My brain is trying to fill in a lot of the blanks it sees, and it's putting multiple stories into the gaps. It's pretty wild, my brain and these gaps.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - it's a weird little series :)

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drwex

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from: drwex
date: Jun. 11th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm still reading. Not much to say.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Nice to have you reading :)

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A Karmic Sandbox

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from: karmasoup
date: Jun. 11th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I can relate to the avocado fridge, not because I ever had one, but because memories for me are recurrently triggered visually, my experiences often colored by what I was looking at in that moment... especially if it was anything other than what I didn't want to see or think about at the time. The unfortunate side effect of that particular involuntary mechanism, though, is learning over time how much those visual sparks will anchor those moments permanently. I imagine you have a few avocado fridges floating around in your collective retention locker, and for that, I'm truly sorry.

Edited at 2014-06-11 06:53 pm (UTC)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) Isn't it strange what brings back memories?

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
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*hugs*

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :)

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Jun. 14th, 2014 09:29 am (UTC)
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You're welcome.

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uncawes

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from: uncawes
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
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THought provoking take on the topic.
You do indeed do words

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) I'd like to do more with this form at some point.

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favoritebean

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from: favoritebean
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 07:45 am (UTC)
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It's scary how the mind works. This was a chilling read.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - it was interesting to find the Seven Sins of Memory concept and do something with it!

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Rebecca

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from: beeker121
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
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There is a palpable sadness in this piece that is haunting. I really liked the format you chose for this, family isn't ever linear.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - I like that idea!

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Laura, aka "Ro Arwen"

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from: roina_arwen
date: Jun. 12th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I like the variety of meanings about differences in memories or the accessing of memories, and what causes them. Very creative.

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Cos

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from: cos
date: Jun. 18th, 2014 12:15 am (UTC)
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Subjective narration is one of my favorite forms of storytelling, but this is a kind of twist I don't remember seeing before ... a kind of "self-aware subjective narration" where the irony isn't reader vs. narrator.

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