Backstories about the process of getting the stories into print will be of particular interest to those who want to help others tell their life stories. (Or start here at Broadhead and click on Welcome to Pine Point.) Savor."At last, a collection that shows the 'why, what, and how' behind memoir as legacy." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, author of WRITING FROM LIFE, founder of Story Circle Network Welcome to Pine Point, an interactive documentary, part scrapbook, part video, part book, part community memoir. STING: "Well, I've never thought that I would write a book, frankly.We remember a vivid person, a remark, a sight that was unexpected, an occasion on which we felt something profoundly. We become more exalted in our memories than we actually were, or less so.The interior stories we tell about ourselves rarely agree with the truth.What could there possibly be beyond the happy-go-lucky guy who so effortlessly charms everyone? I mean, ever." And the process has been something of a revelation for Wallace himself."I started out on this project, viewing it as a way to leave something for my children.People do it all the time: they destroy papers; they leave instructions in their wills for letters to be burned." "Bell wrote in 2001, to announce that he had finished the first part of his archive, he said that the obsolescence of software and technology was a threat to a computer archive. I wrote an article called Dear Appy for applications.
It was just sheer emotional exhaustion, I now realise.
Its not only keeping the content, its keeping the feeling alive.
The best part is, youre not the only one remembering it." from neuroscientist Daniela Schiller's talk on "Keeping Memories Safe" (about Holocaust memories) on a Studio 360 radio program (NPR) featuring stories of neuroscience and memory If some copy here resembles Association of Personal Historians site copy, it's because I wrote copy for both, drawing on links here and on my two other websites: Writers and Editors and a site for the book Dying: A Book of Comfort. On the Aging Boomers Radio Show (Sonoma County), listen to personal historians Susan Milstein and Andi Reese Brady tell how they developed a business interviewing people about their lives and presenting them as audio CDs or beautiful bound books My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History ed.
I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.
But having done that and having got through this process, I now feel so much better. And I'm advising everyone I meet, all of my friends and everybody - people in the street, 'Write your own book.' Whether you publish it or not, it feels really good." ~ from Katie Couric's interview with the musician Sting, about his book Broken Music Ultimately, memoir writing is about giving a piece of oneself to history.Going Home Again (David Brooks, NY Times, 3-20-14).