Look Out, Samuel Pepys

Liz Henry at The Other blog points to this fascinating entry on Robert Shields, a man who has kept up a diary for twenty years, working at it no less than four hours a day and recording everything that happens to him. His diary is 35 million words and a sample page can be found here. Apparently, the diary made its way to the Washington State University library, along with a $100,000 donation. Shields stopped in 1996.


  1. If he stopped in 1996, doesn’t that mean that this entry should read “he kept up a diary” instead of he “he has kept up a diary”?

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