Pickled Garlic
Cottage Cheese
Peat Smoked Salmon
6 Bottles of Wine
3 Pairs of Socks
3 Hula Hoops
Snorkel
Smoke Machine
Skin Tone Cat Suit
Email Sophia

I recently finished reading Joshua Foer’s “Moonwalking with Einstein” and have not stopped talking about it since. The book, a work of non fiction, follows Josh’s life journey from struggling journalist who happened to be covering a memory competition to becoming the Unites States memory champion.

What I found so remarkable about this book was not the author’s journey, but rather the overview of basic memory techniques sprinkled throughout the text. These tricks, well known by the likes of Plato and Cicero, have all but vanished from our society and educational system. I could not believe how effective they were and I was astounded that I’ve never heard of any of them!

It’s rare that I make an outright pitch for a book, but this one really blew me away. I don’t want to spoil the narrative, but what I can tell you is that after reading the book you’ll know how an imaginary stroll through my childhood home allowed me to recall (from memory) the to-do list at the top of this entry.

As a side note, today marks my 2 year blogaversay! Thanks to all who have been reading and contributing along the way.

Memory
  • Creative intro! Happy blogiversary. well done good sir.
    I will read this book.

    keep pumpin it.

  • Julion

    pickled garlic, cottage cheese, peat smoked salmon, 6 bottles of white wine, 3 pairs of socks, 3 hula hoops, snorkel, dry ice machine, email sophia, Paul Newman in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, Elk, sausages, flesh colored bodysuit, megaphone, director’s chair, harness, ropes, barometer…I read this book when it was published, and this is how I remember the list…it took me a minute to memorized this on the F train, on my way back home to Brooklyn, it was near midnight, months later, I still (more or less) remember it…it’s an amazing book…everyone should read it. Not that he needs the cash, Foer (as well as his famous novelist brother) had this book optioned by Hollywood for 1.25 million dollars…not bad for the 3 years of work he put into this entertaining read.

  • Julion

    “memorize”…the internet has made me an atrcious speller…

  • Andrew_Eifler

    Julion – Thanks for the comment. Coincidentally I memorized this list when traveling on the F train home to Brooklyn as well – although it seems that I missed a few items. Small world!