About amcommonbook

The commonplace books gathered reflections, scraps of original verse and other creative writing… They became artificial memories. – The Well-Educated Mind

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  • amcommonbook shared from Holmes and Watson (A&B Crime) by June Thomson
    The dates on which Holmes and Watson died are not known. No obituary was ever published on either of them, an extraordinary omission when one considers their reputations.
    Note: I think I may be catching the great game fever.
  • amcommonbook shared from Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith
    Note: Enjoyed this book.
  • amcommonbook shared from Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith
    The idea of being able to physically get inside a text through the act of copying is an appealing one for pedagogy: Perhaps if this student retyped a chunk—or, if she was ambitious, the entirety—of On the Road, she might have understood Kerouac’s style in a way that was bound to stick with her.
    Note: I want to try this.
  • amcommonbook shared from The Essential Poetry Anthology (21 books) [Illustrated] by William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Bronte Sisters, Emily Dickinson
    The world forgetting, by the world forgot: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
    Note: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. This phrase grabbed me and shook me.
  • amcommonbook shared from The Essential Poetry Anthology (21 books) [Illustrated] by William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Bronte Sisters, Emily Dickinson
    "A poem, in my opinion, is opposed to a work of science by having, for its _immediate_ object, pleasure, not truth;
    Note: Poetry does not require truth