Friday, November 12, 2010

Do you take notes while reading? I've never done this, and I'm not sure how it would work, logistically. It seems to me that you would need three hands—one to hold the book open, one to hold the notebook you're writing in, and one to hold your writing utensil. (This is assuming your notebook isn't the kind that can lie flat and stay open by itself. I use Moleskines or their generic equivalents.)


  1. When I take notes on novels and collections for courses I use a flat surface, usually café table covered in slithers of tobacco and spilt alcohol. This works logistically, text on left, moleskine (yay) on right. Some typical notes today for instance on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" for my 1st years, all scrawled: "Le fantastique as genre?, fiction/reality p. 135, note slowing of syntax, intertextual reference (three red arrows) etc." Note taking is fun, I recommend doing it in the books themselves tho, makes them into lovely objects we've marked with our ideas and errors

  2. ah, i don't think i could bring myself to write in the books themselves! i like to keep them clean in case i want to give them away or sell them in the future:)