Mar. 18th, 2010

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I ran across the term "commonplace book" today. I'd never heard of it, and indeed thought that it was a misspelling. In fact, further research revealed that "commonplaces" were little journals or notebooks that scholars have kept since the renaissance. They contain all the bits and pieces that need to be written down by a scholar, from lists, to thoughts, to relevant quotes.

On further thought, I realized that I keep a commonplace (and have kept for many years). In fact, I've gone through several. They contain notes, bits of poetry, lists, rants, all these things. I wonder how I could not have known that there is a name for this before now?

A bit more thought led me to the unavoidable conclusion that blogs such as this one are the modern era's commonplace books. We chronicle our every day lives, our art, our frustrations, here.

So, I switched the subtitle of my journal, from the slightly pretentious bit of fluff that it used to be, to "A Commonplace," which it is.

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