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Sometimes I use the margin as a way to communicate with the author, trying to get my thoughts across. Sometimes these thoughts are angry or dismissive. I find myself wondering, what do these other people that write along these margins look like?
I've noticed that students are more modest when annotating due to a lack of experience, and there are those that seem to shout their opinions in the margins. Not everyone will feel the same about certain pieces of writing as I do. Not everyone will care. But every now and then I see those notes that seem to cheer along the sidelines.
Anyone that hasn't annotated before should start to, because it shows how we actually care about the text and what the author is saying. If I didn't annotate then I wouldn't be engaging with the writing, and therefor I wouldn't be fully understanding it. It's important to leave an impression to show that we didn't just blindly read.
Those that HAVE written along the margin leave their thoughts behind, which will eventually outlive them and us. Reading is more than just scanning the text, its important to understand how others felt when they were reading the same text that I am reading now. Writers will always have things to say about other writers.
Everyone finds a certain note that stays with them, the one I found didn't even have to do with the text. I still remember those stains resting upon that page, and the loneliness I felt once I read the note she had left me.
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