Daniel Boorstin’s “The Amateur Spirit”


A short post today, mostly because I’d like you to read something and it feels a bit like I’m imposing if I ask you to sit through five hundred words from me and then read someone else’s stuff on top of it. It’s an essay by Daniel Boorstin, the historian who wrote The Americans, The Discoverers, and The Creators (among others), and who was also Librarian of Congress from 1975-1987. The essay is called “The Amateur Spirit,” and it’s a good reminder to maintain a touch of beginner’s mind no matter what your discipline. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Daniel Boorstin’s “The Amateur Spirit””

  1. Thanks for sharing this essay Paul. I enjoyed reading it and have shared it with others who I think might find it interesting too.

  2. Thanks, Sabrina. Funny thing is, I first read that essay years ago and came across a reference to it in one of my old notebooks… glad you liked it!

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