Many Europeans used to keep books where they’d jot down ideas, quotations, recipes and other knowledge they accumulated. They called them ‘commonplace books‘.
The coronavirus pandemic will be a pivotal event in my life. Like many people, it’s given me an opportunity to reflect on how I live, what I spend my time on, and what really matters to me. During one of the English lockdowns of 2020, I wrote a list of ‘soul preservers’. One of them was ‘letting people know what I’m working on’ – you can see that here. Another was to keep a journal.
Both are works in progress. But the underlying intention is to reinforce my terrible memory, give myself more space to think through things, and to work in the open.