Terrific quote from Daniel Boorstin, who wrote 2 tomes that I really enjoyed — The Discoverers, and The Creators — over his years as Chief Librarian at the Library of Congress.
Here’s the quote:
“Daniel Boorstin, the former librarian of Congress, used to rise at 5 each morning and write for two hours before going into the office.
“I write to discover what I think,” he explained. “After all, the bars aren’t open that early.”
Mr. Boorstin’s morning sessions were even more valuable than he
realized. Writing not only clarifies what you already know; it is also an
astonishingly effective way to learn something new.”
Its so very true. When people ask me why I blog, the answer is that it helps me organize my thoughts, memorialize them, work them out.
In short, to discover what I think.
Students Discover Economics in Its Natural State
ROBERT H. FRANK
NYT, September 29, 2005
I agree with this. Blogging helps me discover what I think….
Great post… especially the part about the bars not being open that early.
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The Big Picture: Why Write ?: “Daniel Boorstin, the former librarian of Congress, used to rise at 5 each morning and write for two hours before going into the office. “I write to discover what I think,” he explained.
Barry: Another great post – I can definitely relate to Mr. Boorstin’s comment, except to add that reading the intelligent comments of others help me clarify and sharpen my own thinking by discovering what I know and what I don’t know (which is a lot)….
So to avoid writing…move to somewhere where the bars never close.
Hm. When did he shower and dress?
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Nice blog bro