Speaking of Henry Miller

(And I believe we were.) From his autobiography:

“My notebooks began in the very early days in Paris. I think, in those days, I always carried one with me. I was like a reporter at large. I made notes so conscientiously you’d think I was being paid by a big, important newspaper. I made notes of everything… Now, very often, I make no use of my notes, but I enjoy making them. They fire me.”