The Art and Science of Remembering Everything is both the subtitle and theme of journalist Joshua Foer's colorful first book, Moonwalking With Einstein. Foer spent a year immersing himself in the ancient arts of memory and eventually triumphed in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship.
See also: Joshua Foer's four top tricks for remembering anything.
Foer explains the techniques he learned and his surprising success in a field he hadn't known even existed. He provides easy tips that anyone can use to recall nearly anything.
For example, if you can make a habit of attaching fantastical or even obscene imagery to mundane information, and if you can avoid getting so graphic that you're grossed out, you can be a memory champ, too.
But this isn't just a game. Foer strongly suggests that building a better memory can add productive and memorable time to your life in a totally unexpected way.