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Old 08-03-2017, 06:22 PM   #221 (permalink)
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Hey there! I looked up hippocampal atrophy, and it looks like major depressive disorder (which I have) can cause that as well. Maybe I can use that as an excuse too...

I know what you mean by preferring non-linear, short instances of reading. My favorite "books" (if you can call them that), are things like comic strip compilations and personal anecdote collections. One of my favorite books is just a compilation of thousands of one-liner jokes. It's actually been that way for most of my life; I've never been a voracious reader, but at least I could follow most narratives in the past.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:29 PM   #222 (permalink)
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Yeah I have depression as well. I figure my hippocampus is pretty well shriveled. Wotthehell.

A long book of one-liners is good.

Shrug. My memory is a sieve. Stuff I do remember, I think to myself, who cares LOL! Maybe the key to reading sober is anti-memory. Reading in the moment?

Anyway, someone sent me this poem:

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Swineherd

When all this is over, said the swineherd,
I mean to retire, where
Nobody will have heard about my special skills
And conversation is mainly about the weather.

I intend to learn how to make coffee, as least as well
As the Portuguese lay-sister in the kitchen
And polish the brass fenders every day.
I want to lie awake at night
Listening to cream crawling to the top of the jug
And the water lying soft in the cistern.

I want to see an orchard where the trees grow in straight lines
And the yellow fox finds shelter between the navy-blue trunks,
Where it gets dark early in summer
And the apple-blossom is allowed to wither on the bough.

----Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

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Old 09-24-2017, 12:22 PM   #223 (permalink)
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your delusion that an awareness of the gap is in itself a bridge, your interest in your imprisonment a release, so that, far from your being led by him to contrition and surrender, the regarding of your defects in his mirror, your dialogue, using his words, with yourself about yourself, becomes the one activity which never, like devouring or collecting or spending, lets you down, the one game which can be guaranteed, whatever the company, to catch on, a madness of which you can only be cured by some shock quite outside his control, an unpredictable misting over of his glass or an absurd misprint in his text.
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:57 AM   #224 (permalink)
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Shrug. My memory is a sieve. Stuff I do remember, I think to myself, who cares LOL! Maybe the key to reading sober is anti-memory. Reading in the moment?


Very well put.

I read, comprehend and enjoy, but I can't say I remember a whole lot about what I have read.
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