Reading Someone Else’s Diary

Peeking at someone’s diary is considered very bad manners, unless the diary is published. I haven’t considered diaries very interesting until now and have only ever bothered with Anne Frank’s. Have you read an interesting one?

I was browsing at Archives Secondhand Books in Brissy on Saturday and picked up the Diaries of Michael Palin, Harry Truman, Kenneth Slessor and Lady Bird Johnson. I thought, maybe, if I synchronise the diaries as best as possible (say, a September in the writer’s era) and read just one entry per day from each, it shouldn’t require very much time or energy and might be more interesting.

I already had Anne Frank’s and have since managed to get hold of secondhand copies of the diaries of Che Guevara, Virginia Woolf, Rev James Woodforde and Sgt. Alvin York.

Then I thought, maybe it would be interesting to summarise the entries along with some background and commentary.

Could there be a book in this? Maybe…


~ by Garry on September 6, 2011.

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