When I come across something I really like in a book, I put a little dot in the margin. Not a check, not a double line—these would be pedantic—but a single, nearly invisible tap or nudge of the pen-tip that could almost be a dark flick in the paper.and
I also write the numbers of the marked pages in the back. Then—and this is the most important part—at some later date, sometimes years later, I refer to the page numbers, locate the dots, and copy in a spiral-bound notebook the passages that have awaited my return.There are also references to other authors and their practices. I follow a similar method, but I underline the passages, mark the pages that have underline passages, and then transcribe or summarize the important points in ConnectedText. Why don't I use the electronic form right away. A lot of my reading takes place on the "T" — one hour to the office, one hour to go back home. The practice of marginal dots seems to be going back a long time, that is, to the time even before the printed book. The blog contains much about the author's ideas about "commonplacing." His ideas do not always accord with the results of my research and thinking—some of which can be found in this blog.