A Thousand Things to Talk About
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Questions to spark conversations. 2-3 minutes every weekday and the occasional weekend deep dive.
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Deep Dive: Marginalia
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Original question: 41: Do you consider the practice of hand-annotating a book you are reading sacrilege or a part of a time-honored tradition?
From doodles in the margins to neat underlines and check marks, to entirely separate second stories. Marginalia — the writing in the margins of books — is a topic near and dear to me, for a very personal reason. My family has a habit of sharing books that are heavily marked up with our thoughts and notes. These book copies are intensely personal — and no matter how popular the book reprintings are, those individualized copies are irreplaceable.
It used to be that a hand-notated copy of a book was the only kind of book there was. The creation of a book was an intensely personal and resource-heavy effort. Today, books can be had for very few resources, but they can still be heavily personalized.
It’s an implication of personalization within mass production that, every time I find the gift of marginalia in a used book store, I completely enjoy.
Sources & Resources
The New Yorker: The Marginal Obsesion with Marginalia
Amazon.com: JJ Abrams “S”
New York Times: Scribbling in the Margins
Hanover History: Marginalia
Amazon Kindle FAQ
Got Medieval: Medieval Doodles, a quick primer
The New Yorker: Marginal
Rated 5 out of
Excellent Topics and Discussions!
Hey! Do you have two minutes? Do you like podcasts? Do you like learning about things? Do you sometimes discuss things with people? If you answered yes to any of those questions, check out this podcast! It's A Thousand Things to Talk About, produced by some very lovely people! Every weekday there are two minute nibbles of topics to discuss, like Selling Art, Habits, and (my favorite) Coming Out. Specifically, is it a minority group's responsibility to be visible, if they safely can? I love that episode!
I definitely recommend checking out this podcast. The production is great and the topics are varied and well-researched. Great job!
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of
great for the commute
When I drop my husband off at work in the mornings we often queue up a few podcasts for the drive and this one is always in the mix. Short enough that you don't zone out first thing in the morning, and long enough that it kick starts much needed brain activity. The occasional longer episodes are great too, though we generally save those for the weekend chore time. The one side effect that the podcast has though is that is has double my must-read book lists, almost every book references sounds so interesting. I need them all!
Date published: 2016-05-30