In getting my books, I have been always solicitous of an ample margin; this not so much through any love of the thing in itself, however agreeable, as for the facility it affords me of penciling suggested thoughts, agreements and differences of opinion, or brief critical comments in general. Where what I have to note is too much to be included within the narrow limits of a margin, I commit it to a slip of paper, and deposit it between the leaves; taking care to secure it by an imperceptible portion of gum tragacanth paste.There is something to be said for keeping one's notes inside of the books themselves—at least until retirement looms and you are faced with having to take all the books home from your office to your home with limited shelf-space. It's much easier to move index cards or paper slips; and it even easier to move computer files.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Here is a post on marginal notes made by some authors in some other authors book—most of them by David Foster Wallace. It's interesting, but I liked the quote from Edgar Allan Poe the best: