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The Profits of an Abbreviated Self

The Profits of an Abbreviated Self

Chapter:
(p.102) Chapter Three The Profits of an Abbreviated Self
Source:
The Accidental Diarist
Author(s):
Molly McCarthy
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226033495.003.0004

This chapter traces how numerous Americans caught up with the trend of using diaries to keep track of their daily lives. Most of them did not intend it to accumulate a lifetime record, but they did so inadvertently. They purchased diaries for numerous reasons: to track time, expenses, aid the memory, record appointments, or encourage self-discipline. As they kept on filling up the day to day entries, they faithfully filled it with summaries of their day. These filled pages become a comprehensive record of a person's life.

Keywords:   memory, appointments, self-discipline, expenses, Americans, self-discipline, lifetime record

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