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My father used to say



When someone begins to say “My father used to say…” who cannot (if father used to have sayings at all) begin to remember, or picture, father saying something and only half hear the other father’s saying. Someone recently told me her father used to say, “Life is like a salami”. Imagine your own explanation.

The character “The Prince” played by Louis Jordan in the 1978 movie, “Silver Bears” says:

My father used to say, “A man is judged by two things: his motor car….”. I don’t remember the other.

To make it clear – and spoil the joke – father knew the two things but The Prince only remembered the one.

My father didn’t have sayings: he didn’t say much at the best of times. He once told me to stop reading my just-bought comics in the car and look out of the window instead. It was a left-wheel drive Sunbeam Alpine with red upholstery, and we had just driven past the Armenian Church on Nidal Street in Baghdad in 1957. He used to ask, instead of sayings, things like, “Do you see any green in this eye (as he placed an index finger on his upper cheek)?” Nobody did. They were not not green.

Do boys remember the colour of their fathers eyes?




June 26, 2008 Posted by | general | , | Leave a comment

Memory and forgetting



The advantages of Amnesia

Read this article last week but did not bookmark it. Luckily it appeared again in Arts and and Letters. Pleased to place a link here for anyone who might be interested. Borges’s “Funes the Memorious” gets a mention, as does an academic paper, “Useful Void: The Art of Forgetting in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing,” cleverly seeming somewhat like the title of Benjamin’s essay, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.



October 21, 2007 Posted by | Borges, Forgetting, Memory | , , | Leave a comment