Day by Day

On reading other people’s diaries, with recommendations worth spending time with.

A Book of One’s Own: People and Their Diaries

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

“I’d be able to recover from today if it weren’t for tomorrow. There should be extra days, buffer days, between the real days.”

The Journal of a Disappointed Man

Diary of an Art Dealer 1918–1939

Stravinsky: Chronicle of a Friendship, 1948–1971

War in Val d’Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943–1944

Kilvert’s Diary

The Goncourt Journal

A Moment’s Liberty: The Shorter Diary of Virginia Woolf

“I think it is true that one gains a certain hold on sausage & haddock by writing them down.”

Excerpted and adapted from the book, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich. Copyright © 2018 by James Mustich. Published by Workman Publishing.

Now: Author, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die. Then: publisher and chief bookseller, A Common Reader.

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