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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Ian Crouch

“For it is humanly certain that most of us remember very little of what we have read. To open almost any book a second time is to be reminded that we had forgotten well-nigh everything that the writer told us. Parting from the narrator and his narrative, we retain only a fading impression; and he, as it were, takes the book away from us and tucks it under his arm.”

—Siegfried Sassoon

from The Curse of Reading and Forgetting by Ian Crouch