Joe Quirk writes a humorous article in h+ on the fragility of our memories and perceptions.

Remember that person who pissed you off in high school?  It never happened.  You made that event up.   Don’t bother writing your memoir, because there’s no such thing as a memoir.  Fiction is stuff you know you’re making up, and memoir is stuff you don’t know you’re making up.

If you want more on this, there is also Ryan Holidays essay on what he calls narrative fallacy, and the corollary article, the soundtrack of our lives delusion.  All of this ties together the fact that our memories and our perceptions are very different from the reality of the experience.  Gnarly.  Reminds me of when I found out the moon isn’t really bigger when it sits on the horizon.

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