Lewis Hyde and Norman Fischer

Pair of writers discuss A Primer for Forgetting

Lewis Hyde Point Reyes Books
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
11445 CA-1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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Lewis Hyde, author of the classic works of nonfiction, The Gift and Trickster Makes This World, discusses his latest book, A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, with poet and Zen priest Norman Fischer.

About A Primer for Forgetting

We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear—be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth?

A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism by the author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World. It forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a creative and political force. It also turns inward, using the author’s own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.

Drawing material from Hesiod to Jorge Luis Borges to Elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis that only Lewis Hyde could have produced.

About Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde is the author of Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, and a book of poems, This Error Is the Sign of Love. He is Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

About Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer is a poet, author, and Zen Buddhist teacher and priest. His latest book is The World Could be Otherwise.

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