Why we need a 5-year diary

I’ve decided this would be one brilliant Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys the idea of keeping a diary but too lazy to write long daily entries in it. Just a few scribbles here and there whenever you feel the need to capture an eureka moment. And you can keep doing it for the next five years.

From the Amazon website:

Inside the worn leather cover, in brief, breathless dispatches written on gold-edged pages, the journal recorded five years of the life and times of a smart and headstrong New York teenager, a girl who loved Balzac, Central Park and male and female lovers with equal abandon The diary was a gift for her fourteenth birthday, on August 11, 1929, and she wrote a few lines faithfully, every day, until she turned 19.

Then, like so many relics of time past, it was forgotten for more than half a century inside an old steamer trunk, plastered with vintage travel stickers that evoke the glamorous golden age of ocean liner voyages. The trunk in turn languished in the basement of 98 Riverside Drive until October 2003, when the management decided it was time to clear out the storage area.” —The New York Times

Well, I think it’s charming to “keep track of your life with just a few lines every day for five years”. Sort of like Twitter actually. But in an old-fashioned way.

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