shoutout to people with simultaneously great and terrible memories. like oh yeah i remember in perfect detail that random story you told about the banana costume from a year ago but all of novemeber? completely blank.
The twelve taped chimes of the clock tower bell, the twelve short echoes that follow. A silence, then, through the indrawn shush of the library doors, two exhausted students, stunned to reenter the womb-weight of the humid air, linger for a moment to say goodbye before lugging their heavy backpacks off in opposite directions. How many years will this scene go on repeating itself? How many years before one of them takes the other’s hand, and the poem is brought to an end?
Sherod Santos, from “The Book of Hours,” The Pilot Star Elegies (W. W. Norton & Co., 1999)
is the diary of Clive Wearing. In 1985 he contracted a disease that
made him only able to remember the last 7 seconds. Every time he writes
in his dairy he believes that it is the first time he has woken up since
I mean, love is energy, right? So it doesn’t die. It just changes forms. Evolves, I imagine, then burrows into memory. Real love, anyway. I think it’s easy to confuse love with other things. Lust, for one. Need, for another.
You may not remember what you were doing a few minutes ago. But your dog probably does.
A study of 17 dogs found they could remember and imitate their owners’ actions up to an hour later. The results, published in Current Biology, suggest that dogs can remember and relive an experience much the way people do.
That’s probably not a big surprise to people who own dogs, says Claudia Fugazza, an author of the study and an animal behavior researcher at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Fugazza owns a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog named Velvet.
“Most dog owners at least suspected that dogs can remember events and past experiences,” she says.