Metaphors of Memory

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‘Founded Securely on a Fairy’s Wing’:  Reading, Libraries and Memory in the Age of the Prosthetic Mind – Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)

‘Founded Securely on a Fairy’s Wing’: Reading, Libraries and Memory in the Age of the Prosthetic Mind – Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)

Walter Benjamin’s ‘Unpacking My Library’ (1931) is an  illuminating account of the loving relationship that can exist between readers and their books. Whilst stocking his shelves, Benjamin speaks of the spring tide of memories which surges toward any collector as he contemplates his possessions. Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passions borders on the chaos of memories.…
Misled by Metaphor- Nicholas Carr

Misled by Metaphor- Nicholas Carr

Two thousand years ago, the Roman philosopher Seneca used a charming metaphor to describe the way memory shapes intellect. “We should imitate bees,” he wrote; “we should mingle all the various nectars we have tasted, and then turn them into a single sweet substance, in such a way that, even if it is apparent where it originated, it appears quite…