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'Memento' Is the Movie of the Attention Economy

We are afraid of time, and so like Leonard in Memento, we kill it, compulsively and indiscriminately.

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Are You Paying Attention? 'The Distracted Mind'

Multi-tasking on your smart phone consumes too many resources, including memory, and can cause the system to "choke". Imagine what it does to your brain.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Coming of Age When 'Life Is Strange'

Time travelling and selfies are the central conceits of Life Is Strange.

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'Knock-Knock': To Be Brave Like Children, Knowing When to Run

Ice Pick Lodge has ported a childhood game, Hide and Seek, to the PC. In doing so, they acknowledge the terror that lies in being seen, in being found out.

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Menace and Meh: Patrick McEown's 'Hair Shirt'

Patrick McEown excels at creating the rich imagery of nightmares and memory, but the waking relationships between the characters is tedious.

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I Am Kloot: Sky at Night

Like Richard Hawley's last album, Sky at Night conjures a distinct sense of time and space as it insists upon the desirability of halting the passing day for a while in order to focus on a space of listening that would double as a space for remembering and imagining.

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Eat, Memory by Amanda Hesser

When Heidi Julavits shares her longing for "a trashy American sweet" while teaching English in Japan, I recall how my teeth literally ached for crusty bread during six rice-ridden months in China.

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Memory (2005)

Like a high school essay written the night before it's due, Memory reveals its dearth of imagination right off, with a frontispiece dictionary definition of its title.


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