In today’s show, we explore the promise of digital marginalia. Remember when you were a kid and teachers told you not to mark up your textbooks? And then you got to college, and teachers told you you had to mark up your books? There’s something about writing in the margins of a book that either scares readers away or excites them. If you’re a regular Critical Margins reader, you know I love marking up books and see a lot of promise in digital margin notes, but we have a long way to go.
- Kevin’s thoughts on marginalia: “What we gain and lose in the future of reading” and “Why Marginalia?”
- Sam Anderson’s year in Marginalia (from 2010): http://www.themillions.com/2010/12/a-year-in-marginalia-sam-anderson.html & his essay on defending digital marginalia: ‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around in the Text’
- Writing on the Wall by Tom Standage is a history of social media – you’ll see the connection between marginalia and social media come through in this book.
- “Marginalia” by Billy Collins – a wonderful poem