November 8th, 2011


the past recaptured

"Memory often simplifies past events: the mind can be merciful. There is probably no greater burden than a capacity for total recall, but few of us are burdened this way. We tend to be content with fragments of the past - the anecdote highly polished in retelling, the once-painful vision given the soft focus (if not complete revision) of tranquil recollection - and we may smile when we are corrected and reminded that we have been betrayed by memory."

- Paul Theroux - SUNRISE WITH SEAMONSTERS (Pinguin)