material culture

September 3

"(September 3)

Having just turned 40 have resolved to embark on grand project of writing every day in this new black book just got at OfficeMax. Exciting to think how in one year, at rate of one page/day, will have written 365 pages, and what a picture of life and times then available for kids & grandkids, even greatgrandkids, whoever, all are welcome (!) to see how life really was/is now. Because what do we know of other times really? How clothes smelled and carriages sounded?" (109)


Saunders, George. From "Semplica Girl Diaries" in Tenth of December. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.


How does Saunders do it? It's so delicately apropos: this guy is sitting there, thinking that writing about these things will really give future peoples the sense of "other times." What do you think about diaries (even fictional) as material culture, as a source for "history" (or the past)? No picture today--pretend like you're reading.