Meditations on Memory
This American Life, Episode 399: Contents Unknown
THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE IS ME.
On October 13, 2002, David MacLean woke up in India with no memory of who he was or how he got there. He had no choice but to let the people who recognized him—and even strangers—fill in his identity. David co-directs the Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston. He is working on a book about the experience of losing his memory. (20 minutes) Originally aired 01.22.2010
On October 13, 2002, I woke up in a train station in Secunderabad, India with no passport and no idea who I was or why I was in India.
I lost my memory. I lost it along with Fred Flintstone, Marge Simpson, Jack Bauer’s wife in the first season of 24, Saleem Sinai in the late middle sections of Midnight’s Children, Guy Pearce in Memento, Geena Davis in A Long Kiss Goodnight, Jason Bourne, and scores of sitcom characters who were bonked on the head, only to regain everything with another sizeable bonk.