memory is a story. it's not a clean story. it is a story without a beginning, middle or end. it has many words and pictures that are unclear. plot points can be revealed at awkward times. supporting characters become leads and leads become extras. the narrator can be unreliable. rising action can build to an underwhelming ******. quotes seem to appear from unknown sources. it is full of story threads that don't go anywhere, like romances that never bloom and confrontations that won't happen. many problems are never resolved and there are stories within the story with no discernible meaning. the hero confronts many obstacles, but it is uncertain as to whether a goal was achieved by doing so. despite these flaws, the story reveals a truth, like all good stories do. the reader is the author, and the author the reader. "and so on".