When he died in 2008 at the age of 82, he was popularized as "the world's most famous amnesiac
But as the experiment wore on, amnesiac
participants' performance started to crash.
In Neighbours, amnesiac
Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis, above centre) uncovers his wicked past and in Home And Away, Cassie (Sharni Vinson) seals her 18th with a kiss from Jules (Joel Phillips).
Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac
. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back, and he's still upset over being turned into an amnesiac
assassin by the CIA.
Radiohead also delivered with a mixture of a handful of unreleased tracks and classics from OK Computer and The Bends and a few lesser-known tracks from Amnesiac
and Kid A.
Bellona's residents (mostly poor and black) live on looted cans of food; there's no economy to speak of, gossip is the most highly valued commodity, and a gang of thugs (eventually headed by the main character, Kid, an amnesiac
and possibly Native American poet) runs a haphazard protection racket.
The overarching impression it left--one that a woefully thin hang and laughable "just the facts" press release only underscored--was of a curiously amnesiac
attempt at "back-to-basics," a self-defeating retreat from the brutality of fact into the banality of illustration.
There's the gluttony caused by spiritual, intellectual, and ethical malnutrition, growing weedy-wild after 30 years' proselytizing of an ideology of sunnily upbeat amnesiac
Adrian's (Clayton Watson) amnesiac
disability is uncomfortably similar to Guy Pearce's Leonard in Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2001), (his memory resets at exactly the same time, he writes copious notes to help him make sense of his world, and the less scrupulous members of the cast attempt to use his disability for their own gain) and Under the Radar's thriller elements only compound the problem.
From the "cowards, bullies and clowns" (as critic Robert Fothergill famously described them), to the benumbed figures trapped in the technological murk of the 1980s, to the amnesiac
masculine mists of Guy Maddin and Robert Lepage, the Canadian cinematic male has always been somehow incomplete or deficient, if not downright gravely wounded.
Selves is an insightful book, and its insights are important.