"There are political consequences to remembering things that never happened and forgetting thing that did."
- Ariel Levy in the 11/16/09 New Yorker, in the middle of a review of recent books on feminism
And then started a meandering paragraph about how everyone recreates their lives through memory -- sometimes deliberately, more often just by remembering some things and forgetting others -- and that means that we all live in slightly different worlds, ones with subtly different events and clearly different implications. It was rough, the usual bloggy first draft, but I clearly intended it to lead somewhere.
It never did, I'm sorry to say -- I still think it's an interesting insight (though it's hugely not original with me), but I no longer remember exactly what I wanted to say about it...and that's enough of an ironic comment on my original idea that I think I need to leave it right there.