“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


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