(I don’t remember) Joe Brainard

The latest of Maxϊmo Park’s pop obit B sides is ‘(I remember) Joe Brainard’.  Predominantly an artist, Brainard wrote a long list of things he remembered, which in turn inspired Georges Perec to write Je me souviens, the reading of which led to me to invert the idea, and list things that I don’t remember.  I wrote it more than ten years ago now.  It comes complete with archaic, early-days-of-the-Web links, almost all of which are now redundant.  Funnily enough I do now remember some of the things I didn’t remember then; but the thought of how many more things I’d be forced to admit I don’t remember, were I to put my mind to it, is frightening.


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