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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.

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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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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