Saturday, October 16, 2004

Thirty-Four Years of Journal Writing

On 16 October 1970 I began keeping a journal. Today I celebrate my 34th anniversary. Part of the pleasure of maintaining a journal is the ability to read about people and places, moods and thoughts, that otherwise would have slipped into oblivion. One is able to survey the project of one's life, take stock of one's acts and omissions, reconnoiter one's position, plan further advances. An unrecorded and unreflected life may be worth living, but such a life of quotidian self-dissipation is not the kind of life I would want to live. See here for more thoughts on journal-keeping.