'Time, which provides the continuum on which memory is registered, [...] underpins the arrangement of the sensory, lexical, and enactive into sequences. Narrative governs the disposal of objects and actions in time, without which most memory, and even language, would be impossible. Although a certain part of thought is apparently incoherent (even if, perhaps, the product of a deeper logic) there is little we can think of without assigning it a narrative history or potential. We think within a set of narrative paradigms in which objects have origins and futures, and in which even simple actions are constructed out of a succession of lesser ones.'

David MacDougall, 'Film of Memory', in Visualizing Theory: Selected Essays from V.A.R., 1990-1994, edited by Lucien Taylor, publisher: Routledge

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