April 21, 2012

I now realize that this weblog is a commonplace book. Some of these books referred to other commonplace books, representing levels of increasing aggregation.

« Let us take down one of those old notebooks which we have all, at one time or another, had a passion for beginning. Most of the pages are blank, it is true; but at the beginning we shall find a certain number very beautifully covered with a strikingly legible hand-writing. Here we have written down the names of great writers in their order of merit; here we have copied out fine passages from the classics; here are lists of books to be read; and here, most interesting of all, lists of books that have actually been read, as the reader testifies with some youthful vanity by a dash of red ink. »
~ “Hours in a Library”, Virginia Woolf.

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