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Of memory anecdotes of fact journalism of all these forms of writing how can you find a man once thought known to you in life and suddenly lost in death Death some may say there is nothing more final Paul Auster differs with in his essay Portrait of an Invisible Man man continues to exist but only as an idea a cluster of images and memories in the minds of other people pg57 Through many different literary approaches he allows himself and his readers to discover his father By the end of his composition a clearer picture of his late father has been cast it is in death that he can clearly see him for the first time and yet realize that it would be impossible to truly know him or anyone for that matter Anecdotes are ubiquitous throughout the piece these short stories give a personal grasp of how Auster saw his father and his varying actions throughout different situations Looking at his childhood he reflects upon when his father came to a baseball game where his performance was lacking after the game his father said he had played a nice game and that he couldnt do well everytime Instead of finding comfort in these words Auster says I realized that even if I had done all the things I had hoped to do his reaction would have been exactly the same This could easily be the truth or his father really could have been trying to impose some feeling it cannot be known for we only witness the event on behalf of the author This is a problem with the anecdote as a form of knowledge it is one persons memory Auster himself realizes this but chooses to go on I can remain silent or else I can speak of things that cannot be verified pg61In searching for what his father was in his own life the author had to come to terms
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