NYT on Digital Commonplace Books
I just noticed a piece that the New York Times published back in February on creating digital commonplace books. It’s not very good, or thorough, but I like it whenever the topic comes up, as I think it’s a really underappreciated idea. In short, the author defines what commonplace books are, provides some links to… Continue reading
I was sitting in my local bookstore cafe this weekend and took a few minutes to browse my digital commonplace book. Here are a few quotes I added from books read this month: We have a saying in Farsi. It translates ‘your place was empty.’ We say it when we miss somebody. Darius the Great… Continue reading
CPB Goals 2018
How many posts can I write about my 2018 goals? We’re going to find out! (Don’t know what a commonplace book is? Read about it here.) So as you saw in the previous post, my co-blogger Vicky is quite prolific with her commonplace book. Me, not so much. As with many things in my life,… Continue reading
My Commonplace Book (CPB) Today
It’s been 9 months since I started playing with Evernote as a way to create a digital commonplace book (see our original post here) and I thought I’d give an update on how it’s going. In a word: good. And getting better. But still not perfect. Today I have 436 entries, with anywhere from one… Continue reading
365 Days of Memories
I’ve tried to keep a diary my whole life. I have boxes and boxes of notebooks in my closet to prove it, dating as far back as grade school. None of them more than a quarter full. I start out strong and then drop off quickly. Maybe ten or twelve entries. But not 2017. 2017… Continue reading
Vic’s 2017 Top Ten Books
Dah, dah, dah, dah!! Here is it, my annual list of the top ten best books I read this year. Not all of these were published in 2017, but they all made my year a little brighter. As I look it over there are two takeaways for me. First, I was surprised I liked a… Continue reading
We’ve been writing about commonplace books –these old fashioned collections of quotes from books and readings– and working on our own versions for a few months now. When we started, a little bit of digital sleuthing quickly showed that most people break their CPBs down by category. I considered this for a few days, and… Continue reading
The Carnegie-Morrissey Connection
Yesterday Elise and I had this text exchange: I’d been sick the entire day and all I did was lay around reading, snacking, and napping. After this exchange I ending up thinking about all of these business plans I have. In addition to that brilliant scheme for middle-aged shower products, I have pretty well developed… Continue reading
The Dunning–Kruger Effect
This weekend we were driving down to Tacoma and because it’s a long and boring ride we listened to a This American Life podcast on the way. Ira Glass talked to two researchers, David Dunning and Justin Kruger, who conducted some very cool studies. They gave a bunch of college students some quizzes — on… Continue reading
A Kick Ass Commonplace Book
An early mind map from Vic I’ve been dreaming of a commonplace book for quite some time now, ever since seeing a fantastic exhibit at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery by Ann Hamilton that featured gorgeous vintage commonplace books. These books have been around for centuries and they vary greatly in design and use, but ultimately… Continue reading
I’m Victoria Griffith and am enthusiastic about an awful lot of things. I blog about some of them here, particularly about books and writing. My goal for 2023 is to write a #25wordbookreview for every book I read, and to post them here and on Goodreads.
I was born in Paterson NJ, call Seattle WA my home, and spend a bit of time out in the desert of Southern California. I try to get out to see as much of the world as time and money will allow.
If you’d like to say hi, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.