New Member: Lee, New England

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#1 16 April, 2018 - 02:02
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New Member: Lee, New England


Hi!

I'm not sure how much information is necessary, but I was told the more the better.

Who am I? What do I do?

My name is Lee, I live in a little, forgotten city in New England. It's the kind of place where everyone is poor and the only thing we're known for is a murder-mystery. For most of my life, I was known as high school dropout. I decided to take up reading as a hobby and it changed my life. Well that and an enormous amount of hard work. Currently, *cue uplifting music* I am finishing up my undergraduate degree with the hopes that I will be applying to PhD programs in the Fall! To anyone out there who thinks "it's too late," being early is so passe'---all the cool kids are fashionably late to the party anyways.

Art of Memory:

I discovered memory techniques through John Crowley's masterpiece, Little, Big. Without much understanding of the techniques themselves (save that you pick a place you know, put funny images in it, and walk around) I memorized Percy Shelley's Ode to The West Wind--my greatest feat of memorization at 70 lines, Hart Crane's To Brooklyn Bridge, Wallace Stevens' Palm At The End of the Mind, Shakespeare's Sonnet 19, and Wordsworth's A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal. After 4-6 years, I can't say that I still remember these poems verbatim, though many lines linger like old friends.

What Didn't Work?

I found the Memory Palace time consuming, but more importantly very taxing. I think that my images were often too isolated, so that while I could recall any part of a poem out of order, it felt clumsy, expensive, and inefficient. I found images that represent a half/entire line were necessary evils, emphasis on the evils. I don't know anything about other memory techniques and would love to learn more!

Why Am I Here?

I'm particularly interested in internalizing Vocabulary/Foreign Languages, Texts, Musical Compositions, Mathematical Equations, Fine Art, and adaptable learning strategies. I hope to tackle these subjects at the level of a Memory Champion one day. I've considered hiring a memory coach, but I am too ignorant to know whether it would be worth the credit card debt.

Sincerely,
L.

16 April, 2018 - 16:29
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