Mike Beversluis

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Crazy Guy Writes Down Everything He Does for Twenty Years

Wow [Via Boing Boing], the obsession is breath-taking:
For twenty years, Robert Shields of Dayton, Washington, has kept a written record of absolutely everything that has happened to him, day and night. For no less than four hours each day, Shields holes himself up in the small office in his home, turns on his stereo, and types. His diary, at 35 million words, is believed to be the world’s longest.
Every bit of emphrema and minutiae, preserved in Courier monospace for who knows who (the guy from se7en?). Talk about crazy (not to mention manical) (in a charming sort of way) (I think).

BTW, bloggers would still write even if no one read it, ever:

The need to express oneself in writing springs from a maladjustment to life...
André Maurois



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