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Living Slow and Steady

I'm your huckleberry.

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Turtle Boy
"If you are one of those people who monitor this blog for material to get me in trouble, go get a legal pad and two good pens."
-- borrowed from http://www.internetmonk.com/


DISCLAIMER: What I say here might, indeed, be half-baked, and I reserve the right to take back anything I've said when I realize I was just being stupid.




"I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart."
--Anne Frank about her diary


"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
--Rob from High Fidelity


"In diaries human nature--our own nature--is revealed to us in a way unattainable in any other form of writing. The lineaments of character penetrate freely. We recognise the joys, the little vanities, the disappointments, the exaggerated ambitions, the broken resolutions. We can enter into the trivial pleasures and petty miseries of daily life--the rainy day, the blunt razor, the new suit, the domestic quarrel, the bad night, the twinge of toothache, the fall from a horse, the newly purchased book, the good meal, the over-sharp criticism, the irritating relation, the child's maladies, the exasperating servant. We know them all. We have experienced many of them ourselves. Through these casual notes we are brought into a sort of familiar relationship and fellow-feeling with the writer which philosophic discourses or even collected correspondence cannot produce in quite the same way. We find in them a reality and a life which the more artistic and skillful compositions of fiction cannot reach. The diarist is endeared to us for the strongest of all possible reasons--that he is so like us. His diary may be fatuous, it may be insignificant, it may be dull, but if he is not furbishing up a memoir for public consumption it will, with all its defects, be human. It is this distinctive humanity which differentiates diary writing from other forms of literature."
--English Diaries by Arthur Ponsonby




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