“We should imitate bees”
quoted in “Search, Memory”–a chapter in Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.
The last several posts contain quotations I want to remember. These have been slim models for an upcoming student project. In his chapter, “Search, Memory,” Carr briefly explains “commonplace books.” Such books have been much less common today, says Carr, than they were during the Renaissance. I do think, however, that students can use such books to develop their personal, long-term memories. Many seniors are collecting their final thoughts from high school. Commonplace books can help them see which writings from other authors mean something to them. Today’s digital world places a high value on information per se. I see these commonplace books as a place to store nectar for future nourishment.
Soon, I will start my own commonplace book, tentatively titled “purplemarble.” Once I do that, this blog will return to its previous pattern of personal reflection on education, writing instruction and poetry.
Thank you for your indulgence. Incidentally, I think that today’s digital tools allow students to push an old idea in new directions. Time will tell.