Active Forgetting in The Road

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  • 18 Sep 2012 at 8:49 pm #2004

    Glass
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    He pulled the boy closer. Just remember that the things you put in your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.

    You forget things, dont you?

    Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget. (The Road, p. 12 pb)
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    The man’s advice to his son in this memorable passage seems to me that it hints on Nietzsche’s ideas on Active Forgetting. Interesting the man, in response to the boy’s query, admits that he has the capacity to forget some things but in the next breath seems to claim that there are some things, likely the most horrific things, are impossible to, and paraphrasing another McCarthy bit on memory, expunge from the memories of man.

    Relatedly, just prior to the man and the boy discussing memories, there is a neat line about “fossil tracks,” which points to deep time memory and, conceivably, Meillasoux’s ideas on the Arche-Fossil might be informative here and of the novel more broadly. Just a few ideas I thought some folks might find interesting that I figured were worth sharing. Here is a link to a piece on Nietzsche and the act of active forgetting.

    http://pmc.iath.virginia.edu/text-only/issue.101/11.2ramadanovic.txt


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    18 Sep 2012 at 8:52 pm #2005

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    Here is a nice article on Meillasoux’s arche-fossil argument with some material on the filmmaker Werner Herzog as a bonus:
    http://totalassaultonculture.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/ancestrality-and-the-problem-of-the-arche-fossil/


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    18 Sep 2012 at 9:04 pm #2006

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    Apologies for the atrocious sentence structures in the opening post. Maybe I will actively forget just how horrible they really are. I’d try to make them better if I could go back and edit them.


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    18 Sep 2012 at 10:45 pm #2009

    Anonymous

    No editing? Just practicing…

    Yes! I found an ‘edit’ above the post to the right by the number of the post!
    On the same line with the date but over to the right.


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    18 Sep 2012 at 10:53 pm #2012

    Anonymous

    But ‘edit’ must only stay available until you leave this page, or for a limited time.

     

    10/5/12 Thank you for correcting the edit to forever.  Now I see how to come back to edit my posts.


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