Thursday, November 24, 2016

A beautiful commonplace journal

From the The Peabody Essex Museum blog:

Commonplace comes from the Latin term locus communis, which refers to a theme of general application, such as a statement of proverbial or familiar wisdom. Typically, creators of commonplace books would have one or several themes for which they sought information from a variety of sources; such information would be recorded, regularly reviewed by the owner of the book, and/or shared with others who had similar interests. An article in The New York Review of Books, published on December 21, 2000, states that authors of such books made “a continuous effort to make sense of things, for the world was full of signs: you could read your way through it; and by keeping an account of your readings, you made a book of your own, one stamped with your personality … a way of making sense of the world.”

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