A picture of Samuel Pepys.Samuel Pepys just tweeted me.* His commentary on Charles II’s return to English soil landed in my idea-box from a distance of 350 years: “Infinite shooting off of the guns, and that in a disorder on purpose, which was better than if it had been otherwise.” [Read more.]

So begins Lisa Schamess‘s essay “In a Disorder on Purpose: The Diary and the Status Feed,” originally published in the Summer 2011 issue of Creative Nonfiction and now available for free online, just in time for Samuel Pepys’ birthday, which is today. I’d be telling you to read it even if I wasn’t her fiancé.