The Longform Guide to Memory
This guide is sponsored by Dear Thief, the new novel from Samantha Harvey. A letter to an old friend, a song, a jewel, and a continuously surprising triangular love story, Dear Thief is about the need for human connection and the brutal vulnerability that need exposes. And it is about how we remember, or fail to remember, our stories.
The Sunday Telegraph called Dear Thief "an incandescent vision of hope and acceptance." The Guardian said it's "a heady, elegiac combination of eroticism and loss, loathing and rapture."
Even Theft Is a Form of Connection
"This is how I think of that landscape when I stop to remember—although I know, before you raise a sceptical brow, the over-optimism of memory.
Memories of a distant relationship, excerpted from Dear Thief.
On the fallibility of memory.
The Great Forgetting
On childhood amnesia, or why we don’t remember much before age seven.
How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?
How our memories become contaminated by inaccuracies.
Who Is Su
Life after losing your memory at 22.
Inside the minds of two people, one with the world’s best memory and one with the world’s worst.
Déjà Vu, Again and Again
How memories go wrong.