RJB: The Purple Journal


I’m beginning the transcriptions of RJB’s actual journals, starting with the first large spiral-bound notebook. This notebook has a translucent purple cover and will be referred to and tagged as the “Purple Journal”.

Rev. Jerry Brown's Purple Journal

The Purple Journal ranges from February 1998 to December 1999. It is explicit in content and passionate in tone. Though the first section is written in black ink, the bulk is penned with blue. RJB’s handwriting is strong, a mostly legible cursive scrawl whose consistency varies little, sometimes becoming looser at the bottom of the page (my handwriting does this too, does yours?).

The actual first page in the Purple Journal.

Most of the journal is generally boring to look at, being just writing. I will not, therefore, be scanning every page. However, throughout the journal he uses a few small symbols and coded words or phrases. I will endeavor to preserve some of these, as well as whatever sections of the entries I find most charming or most difficult to transcribe.

Speaking of transcription: I will preserve the unique spelling, capitalization, and punctuation only when it is valid to maintain the tone of the writing. In all other cases I will make corrections for readability. Anyone who would like to compare source material to my transcription (should such a person exist) can comment and request a scan of the page.

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