The way this worked — it wasn’t like Fred Flintstone getting bonked on the head and losing everything and then getting bonked on the head again and gaining everything back,” David Stuart MacLean told Pasatiempo, describing what it was like to have amnesia. “There would be moments when I would remember things and moments when nothing was there. And the terror that whatever was there would be gone in a second was the worst.”
MacLean writes about his experiences with mefloquine, a malaria-prevention drug that caused him to lose his memory, among other side effects, in The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He reads from and signs copies of his book on Thursday, March 13, at Collected Works Bookstore.