Editorial piece for Oh Mag, on 'Commonplace Books'
“Commonplace books have been around forever. One of the most famous commonplace books is ‘Meditations’, collected by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius who ruled between 160 and 181 AD. They were particularly popular in the Renaissance and the nineteenth century, as a way of capturing and remembering quotes, poems, recipes, proverbs, anything of interest to the owner.
Sometimes on just one theme, often on many, commonplace books were very much a precursor of the modern computer database. And they’re a great way to keep those perfect things that you find today, recipes, quotes, websites or products to follow up from magazines. Gloriously un-techy, requiring nothing more than a notebook and pen”