"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Faults in writing do not exist in isolation; like muscle pulls, they result in over-compensation, which causes a different problem elsewhere.

[Bad writing: Geoff Dyer, Slate]

Posted by stronzo on 11.06.2011


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