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>> No. 7076 Anonymous
19th January 2020
Sunday 10:07 pm
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When I am supreme ruler anyone who annotates a book will be strung up from the nearest lamppost.

I was just about to start reading Nights at the Circus but when I've opened it up I've found out that an absolute mouthbreather has underlined passages of text or circled words they've needed to look up, like pinions, Nordic and hubris. This is the second book I've bought like this; the previous occasion was The Debt to Pleasure, which was mainly comments about how they hated the protagonist. I know there's the risk when you buy second-hand books, but for actual fuck's sake.
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>> No. 7077 Anonymous
19th January 2020
Sunday 10:32 pm
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Second-hand book websites should normally say on the description whether any pages have been annotated or defaced.

Not meaning to be contrarian, but I annotate everything I read. I don't intend to ever sell anything from my library, though, partly for that reason. It's a great learning tool, and actually it helped me overcome some of the initial anxiety of learning. For me, it turned books from lifeless, intimidating, authoritative texts to living documents that I can (and should) react to.

Annotations have also been around for as long as the written word has, and they're an extremely useful for understanding intellectual history.

That image you posted actually comes from a great article about why annotation can be so useful -- or at least, actively engaging with what you read: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2014/12/03/weapon-for-readers/
>> No. 7078 Anonymous
20th January 2020
Monday 3:11 pm
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I quite like finding amateur annotations in second hand books. In a way it feels like an extra communication between people. Message in a bottle, maybe, but there's a nice feeling to it. Keep them out of the collectabled though.

I've made a few myself - which make for great realisation of how my ideas have developed since. I was such a monkey back then, and in 10 years time will probably come to find I am now too.
>> No. 7079 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 5:53 am
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You might like S by Doug Dorst. Personally, I got bored halfway through.

>S. is a 2013 novel written by Doug Dorst and conceived by J. J. Abrams. The novel is unusual in its format, presented as a story within a story. It is composed of the novel Ship of Theseus by a fictional author, and hand-written notes filling the book's margins as a dialogue between two college students hoping to uncover the author's mysterious identity and the novel's secret plus loose supplementary materials tucked in between pages.
>> No. 7081 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 6:28 am
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>>7079
I think the woman annotating Nights at the Circus got bored after page 43. At least there's no creases in the spine beyond that point and there doesn't seem to be any further comments either.

I'm only up to about page 17 because there's something about the book that makes me fall asleep after about four or five pages. Last night was the best night's sleep I've had in a long time; I'm feeling very refreshed now.
>> No. 7082 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 7:57 am
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>>7079

Wasn't House of Leaves based on a similar idea?
>> No. 7083 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 1:18 pm
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>>7082
They're both terribly gimmicky but at least HoL doesn't come with faux-aged looking pop-out bullshit.

>>7081
I hope you manage to stay awake long enough to enjoy it, it's a good book. Wise Children is probably more easy reading, in my opinion.
>> No. 7084 Anonymous
21st January 2020
Tuesday 7:21 pm
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>>7079
I got up to finishing the introduction, because it was like reading notes on a lecture. Then the novel proper began and I got bored trying to keep track of the two parallel stories happening to the protagonist and the margin-scribblers.

I think it's the most effort-intensive book I've ever read, starting with having to remove it from the separate sleeve it comes in, to dealing with all the inserts and a fucking code-wheel, to not only reading two stories at once but keeping track of the colour of the ink they use in order to date precisely when in the story they are writing the note. Christ.
>> No. 7085 Anonymous
22nd January 2020
Wednesday 4:30 am
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>>7082

I remember people I sort of respected posting on facebook that HOL was the most mind-fucking book they'd ever read. I didn't read it, but I also wasn't sure what to make of such a statement.
>> No. 7086 Anonymous
22nd January 2020
Wednesday 11:22 am
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>>7079
>conceived by J. J. Abrams

I guess that tallies up with all the posts calling it gimmicky bullshit.

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