She knew that her efforts would be recognised. One night, soon, someone senior...– marginal gloss
It is all very well, saying one will write notes, but writing is a very...– Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary, Saturday, May 13th, 1933
… I was unable to concentrate on it for more than an hour at a time. As a...– What We Do to Books by Geoff Dyer
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is...– Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians
I didn’t intend to start reading two books in diary form — I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf — in the same week I started writing a diary again myself, but so it happened. I didn’t know the former was written as a diary until I started it, and I thought of the latter as a record of the process of literary reading and writing,...
I note however that this diary writing does not count as writing, since I have...– Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary, Monday, January 20th, 1919
Ultimate frisbee playoffs have begun. We had to wait out a thunderstorm before we could start the game, but in spite of the rain and the humidity (the fields were literally steaming) and the lack of my standard pre-game energy bar, I played a solid game and felt buoyantly confident and had more fun than usual. I haven’t felt good about my game for a couple of weeks now, but today in addition...
Eventually the man comes to see that he has a mind, and that his mind is like a...– Ben Loory, “The TV” I am excited about Loory’s book Stories For Nighttime And Some For The Day which will soon be on its way to me through the mail. I like this bit from his interview in The New Yorker: “I don’t balance anything; I never think about allegory. I never think...
The Line makes itself felt, — thro’ some Energy unknown, ever are we...– Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
My sister, seven months pregnant with twins, has been in the hospital for observation after some unexpected test results, but she’s been cleared and will be home early this week. I visited her after work on Friday. She’s at the hospital across the street from our last apartment, so walking there after work felt like walking home two years ago. She’s feeling more or less normal,...
I went to the allergist this afternoon, in consequence of several episodes of swelling that occurred around last Christmas. My hypothesis was that these uncomfortable but not serious events were allergic reactions to the raw egg whites in my seasonal homemade eggnog concoctions, since my (memory-driven) food and health diary suggested that each reaction started within a few days of ingestion of...