I always find this stance curious as the habit of keeping a notebook is common amongst exceptional people who not only take the time to report their struggles and feelings but also review them across time. Written long ago, the s I think, the essay is still relevant today. In fact, you could make an argument that in the world of blogging and twitter, the essay is more relevant than ever. In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened?
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If you purchase through an affiliate link, I may get a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for visiting! And I knew then I wanted to read her, and about her. But it took many years and this short story reading challenge before I got to reading something by Joan Didion. And I am so glad I did, better late than never, while wondering why I did not do this earlier!
The title of the book is inspired by a line from W. Yeats poem The Second Coming. This essay, I am sure, has inspired many to, well, keep a notebook themselves. Joan Didion is an American essayist and novelist. She seemingly pens everything with the same ease — be it a movie script, an essay, romantic thriller, or a memoir,. She writes with such brilliance! And I was already formulating plans on how to write going forward, and to keep my notebook Didion-style!
I started writing one inspired by Anne Frank as an almost teen. And why did I continue though I still do that on-again, off-again thing?
And why do so many of us keep a notebook of some sorts? On days when not much happens, what is the point of keeping that daily journal, I wonder?
Then she makes an observation that I truly enjoyed reading. It is a good idea, then, to keep in touch, and I suppose that keeping in touch is what notebooks are all about. Conclusion For all of you who are journalists or diarists or notebook-keepers or are thinking about it or simply enjoy a good short read, read this one. As for me, while this might be my first Didion read, it certainly is not going to be the last one! I might as well read the rest of Slouching Towards Bethlehem , and then maybe go for the whole collection — seven Didion books in one mega-volume titled We Tell Ourselves Stories to Live: Collected Nonfiction.
And, Yes, the End of this Post: So dear reader, do you keep a notebook? Why and how often, if you do? And what are your favorite ways to keep one — online, electronic, or any notebook or a beautiful journal? Since this is technically making up for the January challenge, here are my previous posts.
My Favorite Essay to Teach: On Keeping A Notebook — by Jessica Handler
Didion tells us that keepers of private notebooks are lonely and nervous children who were afflicted at birth At such a young age, Didion could not stop whining, so her mother decided to give her a notebook in which she could amuse herself by writing down the thoughts that came to her mind. Her first entry at the age of five is about a woman trapped in two different worlds waiting for death to come get her. Somehow Didion has been afflicted at such a young age that she sometimes envies reality but does not possess it, thus causing her to keep a notebook based upon lies. As we grow older we tend to be shy and modest about our achievements, that only a certain type of people may ponder about oneself, while the rest of us are here to absorb their affections. This is why our notebooks are not used for the general public to understand our writing but instead they are for ourselves to keep an open mind of our private thoughts.
Explaining the Use of Keeping a Notebook in Joan Didions
If you purchase through an affiliate link, I may get a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for visiting! And I knew then I wanted to read her, and about her. But it took many years and this short story reading challenge before I got to reading something by Joan Didion.
Analysis Of ' On Keeping A Notebook ' By Joan Didion
Didion tells us that keepers of private notebooks are lonely These stories include Joan Didion playing detective believing her husband is still alive, and writing. The author knew her husband always had his index cards handy To a certain extent , beneath all the stresses of being a working person and encountering different kinds of people , there are certain little , sometimes even grand things which utterly provide us glimpses of very important moments of our past.
Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook