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Truth Sessions. The Emerald City Arts podcast. #1
Sue Halpern considers the implications of MIT’s research into “taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones.”
Indeed, “we” are the sum of our experiences and the memories of those experiences, good and bad. As Henry Miller elegantly put it in his meditation on the art of living:
The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life’…
Also see neurologist Oliver Sacks on the complexities of memory.
Robert De Niro’s auditions for the role of Sonny in The Godfather. The part was, of course, ultimately given to James Caan—while De Niro would later go on to play the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II.
La caverne aux livres is a secondhand bookshop in Auvers-sur-Oise (30km to the North of Paris). The entrance of the bookshop is an ancient railway hangar, but from there you’ll quickly find yourself in an old postal train whose cars have been reconverted into giant bookshelves.
Text and photographs by Alexandre Duret-Lutz