Theme III: Memory, Introduction

Perhaps I shall call upon Proust’s famous madeleine scene to talk about the power of memory. How a bite into a cookie can bring back the trauma of a childhood and the cage of habit. Last week, my TA sat next to me and the stale cigarette smoke smell emanating from his jacket took me back to the boy I liked my Junior year of high school, and the nights I would spend sitting next to him in an impromptu hookah lounge in our friend’s garage. Smoke may be a perfect metaphor for memory—how it overpowers a concentrated space and stays on your fingers and in your clothes for hours afterwards, how unwanted it can be and how prevalent it is. Enjoy these pieces that explore the different facets of memory.

Happy reading!

Tia Ramos, Editor

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