May 25 2012

Commonplace

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From Wikipedia:

Commonplace books (or commonplaces) were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.

“Such books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests.”

Below are assorted scraps, notes-to-self, mullings-overs, and things-comma-various. Sometimes, there might be a full article from somewhere. Mostly things that have caught my interest at some point or another. Some have been used as raw materials for other writings. If I’ve posted something that you own the copyright to, or excerpted a little too heavily for your comfort, shoot me an e-mail, and I’ll happily take down the offending piece.  This selection of links isn’t about infringing your copyright, merely about keeping things that have interested me all in one place.

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