Cacoethes scribendi

Now that I’ve alerted you all to ANZ LitLovers, I thought I should put up my standard Sunday post.

A weekly series of riffs in 200 Words
Cacoethes Scribendi…I just love the way the Latin phrase rolls off the tongue. It means an insatiable urge [or itch] to write. Thought it might make for a great Website or Blog title, with a nod to Oliver Wendell Holmes Snr who penned poetically that even if everyone wrote until “all the pens and paper were used up/and the huge inkstand was an empty cup/Still would the scribblers clustered round its brink/call for more pens, more paper, and more ink”.
I soon discovered that, of course, there are plenty who have gone before me.  The interestingly named UK librarian and blogger Pandora has appropriated it.  As has LA-based Olivia Allin. Olivia appears to have gone so far as to have the phrase tattooed on her wrist. Malaysian political science lecturer Christopher Chong Eu Choong uses the title on his blog where he writes on a wide range of issues. There are many others: seminary students, lawyers, mothers.  
I have been told that the powerful American writer and poet Charles Bukowski wrote a short story or poem (or is it a poetic short story?) titled Cacoethes Scribendi.  I haven’t managed to locate a copy but I will keep searching.  Help appreciated.


Filed under 200 words, Writing

2 responses to “Cacoethes scribendi

  1. Anonymous

    You can find it in a collection of Bukowski’s stories and essays entitled Absence of the Hero.

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