A commonplace book: an old-fashioned literary diary for recording interesting items from reading you've done. I use mine to record snippets from reading, conversation and life in general. (The early 2003 entries are from a period some years ago -- before the blog age -- when I tried an online commonplace book as a straight web page.)
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
The mass of every people must be barbarous where there is no printing, and consequently knowledge is not generally diffused. Knowledge is diffused among our people by the newspapers.
PhD in political theory from University of Pittsburgh. Served 25 years in the US Foreign Service, in Latin America and Africa, 1980-2005. Served as a UN peacekeeper (2005-10) in Kosovo and East Timor. Taught at the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia Wesleyan College, George Washington University, Drake University and the Daniel Morgan Academy. Now an independent consultant.