Memory Is Not an Archive

Memory, Halpern reminds us, ‘is not an archive,’ nor does it record in real time. It lives in the brain ‘in chemical traces. The traces can fade…and they can be augmented,’ depending on one’s experience and observation. The intensity of an experience may sharpen the memory of it, while making it even less accurate.”

Michael Greenberg, Just Remember This (on Sue Halpern’s book Can’t Remember What I Forgot)

from nybooks.com