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The following is Jonathan Nolan's short story "Memento Mori",the inspiration for his brother, Christopher Nolan's, screenplayfor the film, MEMENTO:MEMENTO MORIBy Jonathan NolanWhat like a bullet can undeceive!"-Herman MelvilleYour wife always used to say you'd be late for your own funeral.Remember that? Her little joke because you were such a slob-alwayslate, always forgetting stuff, even before the incident.Right about now you're probably wondering if you were late for hers.You were there, you can be sure of that. That's what the picture'sfor-the one tacked to the wall by the door. It's not customary to takepictures at a funeral, but somebody, your doctors, I guess, knew youwouldn't remember. They had it blown up nice and big and stuck itright there, next to the door, so you couldn't help but see it everytime you got up to find out where she was.The guy in the picture, the one with the flowers? That's you. And whatare you doing? You're reading the headstone, trying to figure outwho's funeral you're at, same as you're reading it now, trying tofigure why someone stuck that picture next to your door. But whybother reading something that you won't remember?She's gone, gone for good, and you must be hurting right now, hearingthe news. Believe me, I know how you feel. You're probably a wreck.But give it five minutes, maybe ten. Maybe you can even go a wholehalf hour before you forget.But you will forget-I guarantee it. A few more minutes and you'll beheading for the door, looking for her all over again, breaking downwhen you find the picture. How many times do you have to hear the newsbefore some other part of your body, other than that busted brain ofyours, starts to remember?Never-ending grief, never-ending anger. Useless without direction.Maybe you can't understand what's happened. Can't say I reallyunderstand, either. Backwards amnesia. That's what the sign says. CRSdisease. Your guess is as good as mine.Maybe you can't understand what happened to you. But you do rememberwhat happened to HER, don't you? The doctors don't want to talk aboutit. They won't answer my questions. They don't think it's right for aman in your condition to hear about those things. But you rememberenough, don't you? You remember his face.This is why I'm writing to you. Futile, maybe. I don't know how manytimes you'll have to read this before you listen to me. I don't evenknow how long you've been locked up in this room already. Neither doyou. But your advantage in forgetting is that you'll forget to writeyourself off as a lost cause.Sooner or later you'll want to do something about it. And when you do,you'll just have to trust me, because I'm the only one who can helpyou.
***EARL OPENS ONE EYE after another to a stretch of white ceiling tilesinterrupted by a hand-printed sign taped right above his head, largeenough for him to read from the bed. An alarm clock is ringingsomewhere. He reads the sign, blinks,reads it again, then takes a lookat the room.

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ElissaAsp
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2007 singles, Debut albums, 2009 singles, 2008 singles, Earl

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