So I have a new project, sort of. I’ve been thinking about all the notes I’ve written in my books over the years. For the most part, my well-annotated books are the ones from which I’ve taught, and my favorites have years’ worth of notes in three or four different colors: circled words and underlined phrases and exclamation points in margins and even the occasional “Holy shit!”
So here’s what I’m going to do: Every day in April I’m going to post a photo of an annotated page. I’m calling the project “Autobiography,” but I’m not putting the photos in any kind of sequential order, at least not yet. I’m also going to try to let the photos stand alone – no commentary, at least not after today.
But don’t worry: I’ll still post reviews and Yarn Along photos and the occasional rant about my cat.
Interesting idea! You should mention what book the picture is from, though.
I was sort of thinking of not mentioning – that looking at the text and guessing which book it comes from might be part of the appeal. But I’m open to other opinions too…
Oh, I get it! It can be a game! That’s a good idea.
What I’m ultimately interested in doing is putting together a sort of autobiography in terms of what the annotations say about me as a person. So the book that each photo comes from is less important than the combination of underlining, margin notes, etc.
I suppose that’s fair. I just want to see how many I can figure out. It will be a game for me, and also an opportunity to get in your head.
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I won’t be able to guess most of the books and will fell like an ignoramus, but I don’t really care anymore, at least not right now. Interesting to see your notes!