Tag Archives: Memory

Personal Life Is Life: Hershon’s “Bridges”

Misremembering and morphed oral histories create fantastic tales that hold great importance to families.  In those families, new generations learn, relearn, and retell these histories so that they become tales of what could have been even if they weren’t.  Such … Continue reading

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A World Inside: Roiphe’s “A Coney Island Of The Mind”

The poetry collection that changed my life is Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island Of The Mind.  I read it cover to cover as a lost and naive undergrad.  While the poems didn’t help with the confusion–in fact, they confused me … Continue reading

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My Own Coney Island

I have been to Coney Island three times.  Now that I have a boyfriend who grew up in Brooklyn and lives ten minutes from it, I’m sure I’ll be there many more times.  As the concept of nostalgia has arisen several … Continue reading

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The Span: Haw’s The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History

The media of 1883 is not much different from the media of today.  The difference is the internet and rampant tabloids.  The similarity is the ability to inflate and skew public perception, and to create a brighter picture of any … Continue reading

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Returning: Shulberg’s “The Waterfront Revisited”

Ssmith asked, “have you experienced an altered or ‘constructed’ memory of a place that surprised you upon return after a long absence?” during last week’s discussion of David Thelen.  Budd Shulberg is a storyteller; in the film, On The Waterfront, … Continue reading

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American Memory: Thelen’s “Memory And American History”

Storytelling is a tradition in many if not all cultures.  It develops customs, rituals, and a sense of belonging.  Stories teach and entertain.  Oral history also can change because in telling and retelling, facts fade, opinions enter, story tellers incorporate … Continue reading

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A Copy of A Copy: Ruskin’s The Seven Lamps Of Architecture

During a reading in Denver, CO, poet Gary Snyder remarked, “You don’t have to understand architecture to walk into a building.”  That struck me as fascinating and truthful.  No one needs to completely understand engineering, carpentry, or craftsmanship to be … Continue reading

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