Book notes: Frances Yates - The Art of Memory

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#1 5 April, 2016 - 01:21
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Book notes: Frances Yates - The Art of Memory


These are my notes on reading Yates’ book. Yates is a woman, by the way. I had assumed that she was a he. In any case, I will add to these notes incrementally, as I read more in the book. It is quite dense, so don’t expect me to rush through this. I generally try to write a half-page or a page in an A5 notebook after I’ve finished reading the chapter. It’s partly a way to test myself on the recall.

I am also committing the key (in my mind) parts of this book to memory in a memory palace.

The forum messes with the formatting of nested lists and I can not figure out a way to make it work, so unfortunately you'll have to click through to my tumblr for the notes. I would post it to the wiki, but I can't seem to figure out how to add new pages there, either.

In any case, I'll post here as I update and add new chapters. Perhaps it is useful for someone thinking about reading the book, or as a reminder for someone who's already read the book.

5 April, 2016 - 13:52
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Francis is spelled with an I for males and an E for females. My mnemonic image for Francis is the Pope. Frances makes me think of a girl raccoon (who was the protagonist in a picture book series I had as a kid and was named Frances). So I imagine a raccoon (not the Pope) writing a book about memory.

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