Every day I come across new books that I want to read. I’ve obsessively attempted to record them over the years, but the notes are so messy that it’s likely I’ve lost track of lots of them. However, this record is infinite. I.e., I’m going to keep coming across books and keep adding them. The rate at which I can read them is far slower than the rate at which I find them.
So, as of today, I’m beginning an experiment. I’m going to try and organize my notes (for all things, not just books) by recording them in writing (i.e., blog posts). This will force me to write only about what is essential and therefore focus on what is essential. After all, I want to be a writer. Instead of thinking and worrying about this, I might as well do as much as possible.
As to the books, I found today: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Poldark, and Dragonlance. I think I read an essay about the latter a few weeks ago. Maybe not. Maybe I just looked it up. Amazon.com reviews often influence the course of my behavior online.
I love Amazon reviews. I love Wikipedia pages. Pitchfork. Hacker News. The New York Times. Google. The New Yorker. Google. Other sites.
Here’s an important insight: wake up and do what you want to do every day—or at least as often as possible. Life how you would as if it were your only chance—or at least as close as possible. And why? Because there’s no other reason for living if you’re not doing what you love to do.
You shouldn’t feel in your stomach that tender, sick, nervous, guilt soreness in your gut. It’s apprehension. The feeling you get before a test. Before an interview. Before asking out your crush. Before having sex the first time. Before giving a presentation. Etc.