In the seventeenth century, they called it a “commonplace book.” Nowadays, we might call it a reading journal. But I prefer the former.
Normally, I don’t have time to keep a regular commonplace book, but for all of 2017 I’ll be on sabbatical from my erstwhile job as the dean of the Honors College at UVM. Which means I’ll be writing. Which means I’ll also be reading. Because no one can be a serious writer if they’re not reading all the time. So why not put the reading and the writing together and, once a week or so, check in on the conversation? Yeah, that’s what I figure.
So, welcome to my 2017 commonplace book. I’m happy you’re here.