March 01, 2020

Memory Fades

“Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.”

– Joan Didion

In January, time and opportunity conspired to offer me a chance to visit my 87-year-old mentor in western Wales. Our meeting took place not far from the scene of the crime, where 40 years ago this fine teacher and scholar, Malcolm Gilbert, first enticed me into a love for Russian history, culture, and language. He did this mainly by being a great teacher, by recounting Russian history as a grand and mysterious story full of colorful characters and unfathomable events.

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