I read an excellent novel last weekend, Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia. Like any good novel, it's about many things, but in particular, it made me think about the issue of self-curation.
In his "Chronicles," the character Nik elaborately archives his work in music and an alternate autobiography. He tells his sister Denise, "Self-curate or disappear."
As I was reading, I realized: I suffer from archive anxiety. Partly about my actual life, which is why I've adopted resolutions such as Keep a one-sentence journal and Suffer for fifteen minutes. They help me chronicle my life.
But for me, the greater worry is the archiving and curation of my observations -- not my actual life, but my intellectual life. Even though taking notes on my reading and thinking is one of my favorite things to do, it's also burdensome: it takes up a lot of time, and I worry about whether I'll be able to find what I want later and whether I'm making good use of my materials. So much wonderfulRead More »from Do You Think About "Self-Curation"?