February 18, 2023

I’m an inveterate highlighter, firmly established in the practice of scribbling down and squirrelling away those phrases and ideas I come across that send a certain type of vibration through me. Recently, I was doing some digital housekeeping and found a trove of older notes, many of which contained snippets I hadn’t thought about in many years, but which shone for me once more upon re-discovering them.

I thought it might be fun — and possibly of value — to share some of these clippings, and since I’m also starting to think about bringing my newsletter out of hibernation1, I figured that might make a good venue. I’ll drop a quote / highlight into future issues, with or without my own commentary as seems appropriate.

As a trial, here’s a framing of the practice of blogging that I like, from this 2011 piece in Huffpost, by Nora Ephron:

One of the most delicious things about the profoundly parasitical world of blogs is that you don’t have to have anything much to say. Or you just have to have a little tiny thing to say. You just might want to say hello. I’m here. And by the way. On the other hand. Nevertheless. Did you see this? Whatever. A blog is sort of like an exhale. What you hope is that whatever you’re saying is true for about as long as you’re saying it. Even if it’s not much.

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