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  • They make no sense, some comments are more dismissive."Nonsense." "Please" "HA!!" - that kind of thing. I can recall reading using my thumb as a book mark, trying to imagine who wrote "don't be a ninny" alongside a paragraph in The Life of Emily Dickinson.
  • I, I don't know doc. Sometimes my notes make it seem like i am angry with the author.I have notes on every border of the page! My notes indicate that i am so frustrated with difficult to understand writers like Kierkegaard or O'Brien. I feel like my notes are speaking to me?!
  • So you are not here for your check-up?
  • It seems like everyone makes annotations! It is as if they are silently cheering "absolutely." to Duns Scotus and James Baldwin."Yes." "Bulls-eye." "My Man!" along with check marks, asterisks, and exclamation points.
  • When I get a book from the library, students have marked up and down the page! One scrawls "metaphor" another notes the presence of "Irony" fifty times outside the paragraphs of A Modest Proposal.
  • Then why do you feel so obligated to make these "annotations"?
  • When we write our thoughts in the margin of a page, we plant an impression on others and express our thoughts to them.
  • And if you graduated from college without ever writing "Man vs. Nature" in a margin, now is the time to show yourself.
  • Here I will express a thought to you, do not come to the doctor if you are not sick.
  • She does not understand the lasting impression these annotations make. They influence younger generations to come.
  • Even Irish monks jotted along side the borders of Gospels about the pains of copying, a bird signing near the window,
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