“One of the good reasons to read the Boston Globe…” –Oct. 6, 2002

One of the good reasons to read the Boston Globe is the appearance of Katherine Powers’ column, A Reading Life. Always, or almost always on the money, this weeks entry focuses on diaries—something I am acutely interested in—as I try for the umpteenth time in my life to keep track of well…That’s the nub of it for me, What am I trying to keep track of? Powers offers some reasons to plod on:

“The real essence of a diary, its quintessence, in fact, is the working of time, the accretion, augmentation, suppression, rejection and mutation of the writer’s impressions of the world and himself. It is a gradual accumulation, a product of circumstance and will. No plot can be imposed on a diary; attempts at it break down and can be seen through…the tale meanders on entry after entry, heading who knows where. It is uncontrollable, a force of nature…”

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