“We human beings are remembering, record-keeping, history-writing animals. We are what we have lived through and what our friends and forebears have lived through as reported to us. To be human is to have, through the gift of language, a collective memory, a history longer and wider than awareness of a single life.”
Barrie Barstow Greenbie
Today’s Literary Birthday
American novelist Jeffrey Eugenides was born on this day in 1960. His novel The Virgin Suicides was made into a major movie by Sofia Coppola. His second novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Eugenides is currently on the faculty of Princeton University.
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
Do you have a type-A personality? How does that impact others?
Do you have to deal with someone who has an “A”-type personality? How does that affect you and how would you like that person to change?