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Why we forget the books we read

We remember where we read that piece, or what the cover was like. But it usually costs us more to evoke the argument

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Why we forget the books we read

It is quite common to remember places where it has been read: on beach towel and near some pine trees; In a few steps in an amusement park; In a minimal apartment in room from which you could hear train; On kitchen table of family home. However, it costs a little more to remember which book was read in which place, who was author, or argument. Although sometimes it is remembered that it had red cover or that it was a paperback edition.

That is to say, we retain memories of physical feeling of reading, but less than what has been read. "I almost always remember where I was and I remember book. I remember physical object, "said Pamela Paul, editor of New York Times Book Review, to Julie Beck in a story in The Atlantic. It follows: "I remember edition, I remember cover, I usually remember where I bought it or who gave it to me. What I don't remember--and it's terrible--is everything else. " "What I remember most about collection of Malamud Tales The Magic Barrel is warm sunlight in cafeteria on Fridays that I read before institute. He's missing most important points, but it's something. The reading has many facets, one can be indescribable mixture, and naturally fleeting, of thought and emotion, and sensory manipulations that occur at moment and n fade. How much of reading is n a kind of narcissism, a marker of who you were and what you were thinking when you met a text? ", writes Ian Crouch in New Yorker in order to read and forget read.

There are fortunate that y are able to remember plots of movies, series and books, but for most, as Beck writes, it is "how to fill a bathtub, dive into it and n see how water goes down drain: You can leave a thin film in tub , but rest is gone. " There are some scientific reasons to explain this, and y have to do with what is called "Bend of Oblivion", which is speed with which we forget something, and that is more intense during first 24 hours after having learned something, unless it is revisited. That would explain that books that are read in one pull, or series that are devoured in one sitting, will be forgotten more easily: memory of recovery has not been made work.

Books and series that devour one anor are more easily forgotten: The recovery memory is not made work

In fact, it is known that those who consume a series watching a chapter a week or a day remember it better than those who see it whole in one day. Reading a flip book sometimes means forgetting it before because only working memory is working, re is no review. In part it has always been so, but according to Jared Horvath, a researcher at University of Melbourne, quoted by Beck, " way in which information and entertainment is now consumed has changed kind of memory we value." The memory of recovery is now less necessary, partly thanks to Internet, and instead, for Horvath, memory of recognition is more important. The possibility of having access to information makes it not necessary to memorize it. This is given by Internet, great Global Library, but also some of its predecessors, such as books, cassettes or VHS. In fact, Socrates already showed himself against "use of letters", as a sort of external memory that would make it not memorized. Today we know of this reluctance of philosopher in front of written letter, and of all his thought, thanks to dialogues of Plato, which were collected in writing.

The "Bend of Oblivion" is speed at which we forget. It's more intense in first 24 hours if you don't do a review

Against Reading, professor and essayist Mikita Brottman recovers this fragment of time regained, of Proust, a great explorer of confluence between Reading and memory: "A book that we read does not remain united forever only to what was around us ; It continues to way faithfully also to what we were n, and it can only be felt again, conceived, through sensitivity, through thought, by person we were n. " Brottman also cites memoirs of Azar Nafisi, read Lolita in Tehran, where he writes: "If a sound could be kept between pages in same way as a leaf or a butterfly, I would say that among those of my pride and Prejudice, most polyphonic novel of all... , is hidden, like a leaf of autumn, sound of that siren [antiaircraft]. " That relation with books read and sometimes forgotten explains existence of memories Bibliófilas. Brottman's book belongs in part to that genre, read Lolita in Tehran, completely. It is a genre that has its own acronym: BOB, Book of Books.

Pamela Paul has been hers since she was 17. About that diary of readings has written my life with Bob: Flawed Heroine keeps book of books, Plot Ensues [My Life with Bob: The defective heroine keeps book of books, follows plot]. As I picked up an article in Financial Times, we're at a good time for Bibliomemorias. Lucy Scholes wrote about genre: "A Bibliomemoria is an open invitation to search shelves of anor person's library; An offer which I, and clearly also many ors, find difficult to refuse. " The chapter of destruction of Library of Don Quixote has always been read as a literary critique more or less camouflaged, also as a statement of sources of Don Quixote, but is also a list of books read, ie a bibliomemoria. and desire to collect his essential library was first impulse that led Ismael Grasa to write The secret feat, a book that, among many or things, is a journal of readings. Alberto Manguel has cultivated genre with brilliant results. In Packin my Library, he writes that writers and readers have always wondered wher literature has a role in formation of a citizen. Lucy Scholes replies that "in her exploration of symbiotic relationship between life and literature, Bibliomemoria seems to be an affirmative war cry."

Aloma Rodríguez is a writer and member of writing of free letters.

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