My view of the lecture (Memoir, Why Write Them?) at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo last night. The panel consisted of Mary-Kay Wilmers, Jeremy Harding, and the moderator James Shapiro, all contributors to the London Review of Books. Things got interesting when Harding delved into the subject of imagination, memory, and the fictionalization of the self as it relates to the writing of memoirs. The idea that the further or older a memory travels down the history of your life the more apt we are to utilize imagination to recreate, amplify, and beautify them. I don’t embellish my memories. I gild them so that they can shine, baby.