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Lately, I have begun to think of my commonplace book as a form of collecting; in my case, collecting ideas as well as clever or provocative expressions that stand apart from ordinary discourse and are, for that reason worth preserving...Collecting ideas also has a number of distinct advantages compared to collecting most other objects - they cost next to nothing, they are easy to find, do not clutter up your closet and don't require periodic repair or maintenance. - Richard KatzevYou just never know who you will meet or where you might go with a blog. A former Professor of Psychology at Reed College who is a commonplace book expert and I have been having a delightful conversation about commonplacing. Richard Katzev from Marks in the Margin has enthusiastically encouraged me and others to keep writing and talking about commonplace books. He suggested we start a grassroots movement and call it "Occupy Notebooks". I like his sense of humor!
Richard has written a book, A Commonplace Book Primer. If you are interested in learning more about the practice of commonplacing or want to read about his research or even snag some great quotes and book recommendations, you will enjoy this primer. I did. At the very least, visit his blog and click on "commonplace books" under the "topics" section for plenty of good reads on the subject.
Admiration, Hope and Love,