The Business of Memory
The Art of Remembering in an Age of Forgetting
ISBN10: 155597287X ISBN13: 9781555972875 Publisher: Graywolf Pr Published: Apr 1 1999 Pages: 174 Weight: 0.65lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
In the current information age, "memory" is as likely to be an attribute of a computer as a human being. In "Graywolf Forum Three: The Business of Memory," editor Charles Baxter invites twelve creative writers to contemplate the externalization of what was once so deeply personal. The resulting essays address a provocative range of topics: the explosion of interest in the memoir; the recovered-memory movement; America in the grip of an "amnesia plague;" the need for coherent stories of our past to help us organize our present; and forgetfulness--political, cultural, and literary--and the shame and allure it holds. Throughout, these fascinating pieces illuminate the art of remembering in a time when memory has become a highly measurable commodity.
James A. McPherson