Memory is Fiction
Friday, January 18, 2013
Or “true-ish,” as Kurt Andersen says — as we all know (and science confirms), the act of remembering is not only subjective, but extremely flawed. The narrator of Kurt’s novel True Believers grapples with this as she tries to recall her radical late 60’s youth. “In other words,” Kurt says, “my fictional character realizes that her memories and all of our memories are somewhat ... fictionalized.”
Kurt’s cohosts for the night, Ben Lillie and Erin Barker, share their own imperfectly remembered stories — one about a run-in with a nail gun, the other about an unusual ketchup recipe — memories that they later learned were almost completely fabricated.