Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Reasons for not keeping a notebook: 1) the ambiguity of the readerit is never quite oneself. 2) I usually hate the sight of my handwritingit lives too much and I dislike its lifeI mean by "lives," of course, betrays too much!
Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Notebook entry, 1944. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, ed. William Philips (1985).