Why You Should Get to Know the LOC

I know that I have a tendency to go on about the Library of Congress (LOC), but I’m constantly brought up short by the material that they have available.

Right around Thanksgiving, I read this LOC blog post on the history of sweet potatoes.  “But,” you say, “I’m not writing about sweet potatoes.”

Maybe not.  But maybe you are writing about:

  • Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor
  • the first American cookbook,American Cookery(1789) by Amelia Simmons
  • George Washington Carver
  • 16th century aphrodisiacs

Each and every one of these topics has something to do with sweet potatoes.  The Library of Congress is peopled by amazing scholars who write up blog posts that touch on many topics, sharing a breadth of knowledge that is seldom found in one place.

Why not less these amazing facts percolate in your brain while you work on one writing project or prepare for another?  They may enrich your work in surprising ways.