Rather Than Forget is based on the idea that Thomas Wolfe was addressing in his note “To the Reader” from Look Homeward, Angel:

This is a first book, and in it the author has written of experience which is now far and lost, but which was once part of the fabric of his life… But we are the sum of all the moments of our lives — all that is ours is in them: we cannot escape or conceal it.

Wolfe wrote his note as a sort of pre-apology to all those who might seem themselves in the characters he created for his novel, but his point remains true for the writer of nonfiction: Our lives are in some respects the sum of stories. Indeed, in many ways our lives are our stories; we know our lives through the stories we tell ourselves, and each other.

Rather Than Forget is dedicated to the stories we tell about ourselves, as a way to find and give meaning to our lives. After all, our lives are not so much finding ourselves as creating ourselves.

My name is Daniel Stewart, and the part of my life focused upon memory and personal essays will appear here, in various forms. I’d be happy to hear any comments you have, either through the post comments, the Contact form, or via email.

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