read in order to live 02.23.2011, 10:48 PM
My 88 year-old mother, an avid reader, said that the last seven books she's read were in the Kindle reader on her iPad. When asked what she likes most about e-reading, she answered . . . a) being able to read in the dark so as not to disturb my father and, b) the online dictionary which she uses extensively.
And then my mother's fortune cookie said "Read in order to Live"
the future of marginalia is bright (not dim) 02.22.2011, 4:27 PM
The New York Times hit a hot-button with yesterday's article on the "dim future" for marginalia as books go electronic. As you might imagine, I think marginalia is alive and well in the digital era. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the complex discussion conducted by seven women over the course of six weeks in the margin of Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook.