Sunday, November 18, 2007

Robert Shields, Wordy Diarist

I've been reading the obituaries in the newspaper for some years now, and once in a while it pays off big time. I found this one in 5 November's Sydney Morning Herald, but it's an edited version from 29 October's New York Times:

Robert Shields, Wordy Diarist, Dies at 89

Many of us have kept diaries in one form or another, but this man took it to a whole other level. 'He knocked out three million words in his best years, a million in slow ones.'

Also, here is a link to an interview with Robert Shields by David Isay from Sound Portraits.

Here's another link from the Kircher Society. The longest reader comment, down near the end, is from Shields's daughter Heidi.

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