Finite Memory

I remember exposures and development details of specific negatives (f/16, 1/4 second, handheld):

I remember the venues in which I saw certain films (e.g. the Granada, “The Grateful Dead Movie,” for an unconscionable-at-the-time five dollars).

I remember the smell of 620 Verichrome Pan wrappers & discharged #5 flashbulbs, and the sound the bulbs made.

I remember Miles at the Quiet Knight, when he first went electric.

I remember Duke Ellington and Paul Gonsalves at Harper, in the last month of their lives.

I remember what Thelonious said to me.

I remember walking up Wells Street with Mingus, in search of cookies.