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Monday, February 21, 2011

Aggressive undergrad marginalia

A note found in my copy of The Prince, next to the part of ch. 3 about the Roman conquest of Philip and Antiochus:
Pre-emption: take the war to the terrorists before they bring the war here
Grrr! What must we have been discussing in first quarter sosc?

4 comments:

David said...

Well, don't erase it or throw it out. It'll be in the Newberry Library someday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/books/21margin.html?_r=1&ref=books

arethusa said...

Old marginalia can be so embarrassing. I run into this at least once a month.

Miss Self-Important said...

David: This article says that marginalia won't exist by the time I'm famous.

Arethusa: A problem to be solved one day by ebooks. eMachiavelli won't embarrass me five years later.

arethusa said...

Alas, most ereaders have a notes feature, so you'll be forced to reread your notes before deleting them, or at least acknowledge their existence. (Of course, the notes feature is usually so hard to use I only do it when I'm really irritated at an author.)