Friday, January 28, 2011

diaries and journals and notebooks...

There's this cool exhibition on: The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives. (At the Morgan Library til May 22). The journals and notebooks and diaries of famous and not so famous people.

Diaries and Journals. Do you keep them? I used to when I was writing frightful moaning poems in my teens and twenties but no more. (Thank Heaven.)

Some write to escape their lives (Charlotte Bronte in her tiny writing), some to record their lives, some to hide their lives and keep secrets (Sophia Peabody Hawthorne blacked bits out), some to jot down equations and calculations in theirs (I know I do... no no I don't... that would be Einstein's 1922 travel diary) and there are some like Steinbeck who say:

"I have tried to keep diaries before, but they didn't work out because of the necessity to be honest."

That's the paradox. It's like twittering and blogs. Is it all too self-conscious to be honest? too edited? not nearly as spontaneous as they pretend?

But it's the physical book people write in as much as what's inside that I find fascinating. Must tap into the writer's (or at least this writer's and several of the writer friends I know) search for the perfect notebook. Like take a look at Queen Victoria's fancy gold embossed Journal of her Highland expeditions. Or Thoreau's journals along with his special family pencils.

I definitely want to go to the exhibition. Apparently there's even an Renaissance iPad (a diary with secret ink technique for an erasable function!).

via NYT

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What I wore ... (the writer edition)

In the What I Wore Fashion & Style section of the NYT last week they had a writer on. "Fashionable Chick for Library Life" all about what she wore each day as she wrote. 

Strangely fascinating. I read it as if I might pick up secret tips on the ever illusive Perfect Writing System(s) ... perhaps it's not about having just the right notebook and the perfect pen and the optimal desk and best chair after all--it's about what you wear.

If you'd written this article what would you have been wearing?

Mine would have been, unfortunately, something like...

Saturday Jan 1
A frette gown (the white dressing variety)
Chunky cable knits (socks) (green)
Skin tight Pearl Isumis (short) with Wicking Sugois (they sound like an illness)
Shiny patent leather biker shoes (with clips) (for spinning)
followed by skinny leg jeans and t shirt and Blundstones
followed by frette gown 
followed by pajamas (cozy ones)

oh dear

clearly, if I'm going to make it big, I am going to need to get myself some Louboutins or Bittars or Cutler & Grosses and go to Cafe Grumpy immediately. 

OK. next week.

Monday, January 24, 2011

dramatic lemur

and finally, the last episode in our scary animal series... (I've posted him before but he needs to be seen again)

where AM I?

back to my site?
back to twitter?

back to my super duper blog?
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