He was more than a bit skeptical during that first go-round when experts told him anyone could learn to memorize entire decks of playing cards or strings of numbers hundreds of digits long.
All it takes, they said, is training. And for those of us who consider it a great feat of recall when we remember what we had for breakfast or where we parked our cars, that’s really good news.
Foer’s memory-building — and memorable — odyssey is recounted in his book, “Moonwalking With Einstein — The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” (Penguin, 2011). The UC Santa Barbara Library has chosen the book as this year’s selection for UCSB Reads.
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