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Joan Didion on keeping a notebook

Joan Didion on keeping a notebook | Editor's Desk | Scoop.it

Why do I keep a notebook at all? It is easy to deceive oneself on all those scores. The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.


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Earl Appleby's insight:

We would benefit from more compunction and less compulsion. As Thomas à Kempis observed in the 14th century, it is better to show compunction than to be able to define it,

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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:39 PM

All those of us who wish to remember long-gone events have idiosyncratic reasons for doing so. Those reasons are not necessarily related to  the truth of what happened in the past. They are as likely to grow out of an impulse to tell an entertaining story.

Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:36 PM

Interesting reflections on keeping a writer's notebook.

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New Writing Room seeks to revive the spirit of Elaine's - New York Daily News

New Writing Room seeks to revive the spirit of Elaine's - New York Daily News | Editor's Desk | Scoop.it

Writing Room seeks to revive the spirit of iconic scribblers' haunt. Owners, Michael and Susy Glick, hope to prove critics wrong.

Earl Appleby's insight:

The worse thing that can be said about the new owners is  they have a terrific chef. ―Gay Talese

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