« on: July 06, 2007, 03:02:03 PM »
I love books, but I think that when I write in the margins, it adds value because I'm brilliant. Think, years from now people will pore through my home library, wondering what I had to add to Descartes' Meditations, or Nozick's Anarchy.
Actually, if they really gave a crap and read it they would probably be like, "why the hell is she scribbling about how much she loves cheese doodles and her boyfriend!?"
I think that I'd never write in a leisure reading book, but there is something about writing in something you actually have a chance of re-reading, or a very difficult work. The process of making the notes, then re-reading or skimming the text at a later date and reading your notes is very helpful in some disciplines. And it's what makes my copy of a great work mine.