There are a few different schools of thought here. There are those who blanch at the merest mention of dog-earing, or scribbling notes in the margins, or underlining and highlighting. Then there are those who feel that a book isn’t really Theirs until it’s been internalized to such a degree that the work itself has been transformed into something completely different than it was before.

I fall somewhere in between; I’m a notorious dog-earer and underliner, but I often lack the discipline to add comments in the margins, eager to get on with the reading.

Here’s something from The Millions that’s on a totally different level: a marginalia conversation/dismantling of Dan Brown’s “Inferno.”


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