12/2/07

is it?

"all memory is fiction..."--kwame dawes (read the accompanying article.)

6 comments:

Carleen Brice said...

To some degree, yes, I think so. I often wonder how much of what I "remember" is actually true.

Sherry said...

I read this yesterday and I'm still pondering it. I think we have the capacity to weave what has happened to make it more palatalble at times and in that way, yes, it is fiction. Sometimes we need to make our memory a fiction in order to survive it.

iyan and egusi soup: said...

"Sometimes we need to make our memory a fiction in order to survive it."

sherry, how poignantly you've expressed this.

Carleen Brice said...

Wow, yeah, Sherry! How right on!

Sherry said...

doing a little curtsey here...I forget sometimes I'm not just a pretty face!! LOL!!! I was being serious though with that comment. I've been raking through some things from my past, some not very pleasant aspects...I think I started believing the "fiction" that I was told...and knowing the truth, I've accepted it but have begun to weave another fiction from that. I still ponder this statement..I think it's really amazing.

iyan and egusi soup: said...

sherry,
when i read that quote, like you, the first thing i thought about was childhood memories and which of them are "factual" and which are "true" and to whom. there really is so much here for discussion, and i imagine that is kwame dawes' intention.