Lists

I saw this article on Twitter and maybe some of you have as well.  I have not read the book. Yet. 

I love the idea of keeping track of all the things we see on a daily basis that peak our interest.  So often we let those things just breeze through our thoughts and forget to grab hold and make note of them. I do this constantly and then can never recapture the moment.

So, although this is not my post, I hope you enjoy.


SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

MARINA KEEGAN’S LIST OF INTERESTING STUFF, AND WHY WE SHOULD CREATE OUR OWN

I wrote about Marina Keegan’s book The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories towards the end of last year. I suggested that the collection could be used to find hope and the courage to be creative, but there was something else that particularly inspired me.

This was Keegan’s list of Interesting Stuff, which is mentioned in the book’s introduction by the essayist and professor Anne Fadiman.

Fadiman recalls how, in an application to her first-person writing class, Marina wrote the following:

 About three years ago, I started a list. It began in a marbled notebook but has since evolved inside the walls of my word processor. Interesting stuff. That’s what I call it. I’ll admit it’s become a bit of an addiction. I add to it in class, in the library, before bed, and on trains. It has everything from descriptions of a waiter’s hand gestures, to my cab driver’s eyes, to strange things that happen to me or a way to phrase something. I have 32 single-spaced pages of interesting stuff in my life.


I find this fascinating: a source of creative wisdom and inspiration, yet also a trove of memories and everyday experiences.

When reading The Opposite of Loneliness, Fadiman’s mention of Marina’s list sets us up for the stories and essays ahead, and it’s hard to doubt the influence it must have had on her writing and creativity.


It’s something more than a journal, and much more personal than using Evernote to collect snippets of interestingness on our phone.

Let’s keep note of the words that inspire us, the smallest moments of beauty we notice, and thoughts that come to us that don’t fit any other list.

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