Sunday, January 20, 2013
Review: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wonderful read. Foer's book is utterly charming. The frame of this book is participatory journalism, the story of how Foer went from observer of the U.S.A. Memory Championship to winner within the space of one year. Inside this frame, Foer engages questions of cultural memory, neuroscience, literary history and pre-history, self-improvement hucksterism, and trends in education, with a cast of characters that includes savants, frauds, mental athletes, Cicero, medieval scholars, Giordano Bruno, Mark Twain, and ESPN. It's a very brisk read, and raises fascinating questions.
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