Re: [pepysdiary] A NYTimes.com review of PepysDiary.com that I missed - Yay, Phil!
- Thanks Terry.
Coincidentally, if anyone happens to live in west London, I think
Pepys' Diary is featured on the back page of the free weekly 'West
London Informer' that comes out today.
At 10:00 -0500 2006-09-01, Terry Foreman wrote:
By PAMELA LICALZI O'CONNELL
Published: January 16, 2003, Thursday
A new online diary made its debut on Jan. 1. Yes, there are already
millions of such personal Web sites. But this diary belongs to Samuel
Pepys, who lived from 1633 to 1703, long before ''Weblog'' cracked
Pepys (pronounced peeps), a British naval administrator, was a
compulsive diarist who recorded his life in detail for nine years
beginning on New Year's Day 1660. The resulting diary is the most
comprehensive personal account of life in the 17th century. The site,
The Diary of Samuel Pepys (pepysdiary.com), posts Pepys's entries in
a Weblog format as if they had just been written -- a new one is
added each day -- with the goal of allowing people to read along for
Phil Gyford, a Web developer in London, set up the site because he
had always wanted to read the diary but found it ''daunting and
uninviting'' in its long form. ''I haven't read much further ahead
than what's on the site,'' he said by e-mail. ''I'm enjoying reading
it along with everyone else.''
Mr. Gyford also had the inspired idea of allowing site visitors to
annotate the entries. The annotations can be personal comments or
explanations proffered for obscure terms and historical references.
The result is like reading a book along with a group of clued-in
Still, Pepys should not be taken as a model by today's online
diarists. Although ''Pepys's diary shows us that the smallest of
everyday details can be fascinating a few hundred years in the
future,'' Mr. Gyford said, ''I wouldn't want to encourage Webloggers
to put even more of the details of their lives online.''
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