A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. I suppose that it begins or does not begin in the cradle. Although I have felt compelled to write things down since I was five years old, I doubt that my daughter ever will, for she is a singularly blessed and accepting child, delighted with life exactly as life presents itself to her, unafraid to go to sleep and unafraid to wake up. Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.”
JOAN DIDION, “On Keeping a Notebook”
It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living. Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: … Continue reading
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.