"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]

List of Subjects:


1841
Adventure
affection
Alarm clocks
alcohol
Allusions
Amatory Poets
ambition
Appetites
Apple Fritters
art
art history
asceticism reconsidered
attentiveness
Autobiography
Bad essayists
Bad writing
Banality
Bars
Baseball
Bazarov
Bear dancing
Beatrice, smiling
Berlusconi
biography
Body Image
Booby traps
Breaking
Bruno Schulz
Caffeine
candid introspection
Canine voyeurs
Cannibals
Cariacature
catechesis
Celebrities
Childhood
Christian life
Christianity
Christmas
Church
Clarity
Classical liberals v. mainstream liberals
Cleavage
Cloud Atlas
collecting
collections
Comedy of Human Behavior
Comic
committment
commonality
Community
Companionship
Conservative loss
Conservatives
contemplation
Count Fosco
Country living
Critic
criticism
critics
crossbreeds
culture
curate, digital
curiosity
dance, love
Death
death and dying
Decline
Depravity
Desire
Dinner guests
diplomacy
dissimulation
Divine Enemas
Doom
Dr Fox effect
dreams
Drives
Driving
Eccentricity
Economic Stimulus Plan
effort
Eloquence
Employment
Englishness
entitlement
equality, work ethic, American exceptionalism
eschatology
Excrement and Aliment
Existential Detectives
Faces
faith and reason
family
fanatics
Fat chicks
Fear
fertility
festivals
fiction
Field work
Filial relations
flaneur
Food
Footnotes
fox hunting
Free markets
Freedom ain't easy.
Freelancers
French military theorists
general
God's action and human action
God's wrath
Goiters
Good and Evil
good, evil
Gorky, editing
Gothic architecture
Government employees
Grammar
Great Rulers
growth
grumpy old manliness
Hangovers
happiness
harmony
History
Homer Simpson
Hope
Hospitality
How to describe mercury-laden mules falling off a canyon pass
humanity
humiliation
hundredth monkey theory
Hyprocisy
Idleness
Incarcerated Russian Billionaires
Innuendo
inspiration
Institutions
Intellect
Intellectuals
Interest
Invention
Irony
Jesus
Job perks
Joy without which the world cannot stand and be
Judicial digressions
Kings and Idleness
knight-errantry
labor, idleness
Laughing animal
laughter
le corbusier
life
life, biography
life; biography
Light
Lightweights
Love
Love God's creation is another way of loving God.
madness
Magnificent Mistakes
Malebolge
Man
Marriage
Martinet
masses, culture
mathematics, concentration
memory
Metaphysics
microscopy
miniatures
misanthropy
monasticism
Morning
Motivation
museums
music, poetry, criticism
Mystery, Oblivion, Visibility
Mystics
mythology
National character
Nature
Nature of Life!
Neighbors
not drinking
Novelistic desire
obsession
Oldsters
Omissions
On being disowned
On claiming falsely to have been born in Russia.
On free will and fate in God.
On how evolution has become holy.
On how to deal with our dark spots.
On paradise in the Torah.
On rape.
On Returning from a Shopping Trip with a Woman
On the "new man" and CS Lewis.
On the ancient stone quarries called "latomie".
On the creation of "sub-humans".
On the creation of the Word.
On the event of love.
On the little things.
On the missing narrative of happiness.
on the world
On writing a poor essay at military school.
One man shows
Opera lovers
optimism
Original sin
Origination
osmosis
Outward appearance
owning things
parables
Parallels
Paranoia
Paul Morel
Paul Ryan
Peace
peacocks
Pedantic Lechers
Poetess
poetry
Poetry Publicists
Poison Pens
politeness
Politicians
portmanteau
Poverty
practice
prejudice
Prophecy
prudery
puns
Punsters
Puritan settlers, America as a model
Puritan settlers, American exceptionalism
Putdowns to Botanists
rational man
reader abuse
Rebecca
Reformation
religion
Religious Fasting
rhinoceros capture
rights
Romance
Roosters
Russians
sailing, sea
science
science fiction
Scripture
Second thoughts
seeking God
self-absorption
Semen quality
Sex and the City
Signatures
simplicity
skill
Sonneborn Institute
Sorrow
Speculation
spiritual life
Sports time
stoicism
storytelling
Study
stupidity
Success
Sweet Dreams
target panic
teenage Charles Darwin
tennis, Federer
Termite Art
The Contemplator
The delight on knowing I am not alone in my little "paradise".
The Human Eye
the material
The Penal Gland, or In the Pineal Colony
The quotidian
the spiritual life
The Troubles
The West
There are no evil things.
tourism
Traces
truth
Utopia
Utopias
Virtuoso
vocations
war
War and peace
Whiteness
wilderness
work
World leaders
Worldly life
Writing
Younger Selves
youth