How to Read and Why (Annotation Ring)

Registered by wiblick of Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on 10/9/2003
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1 journaler for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wiblick from Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Thursday, October 9, 2003
April 2004 - This book appears never to have reached the first participant.


I'm sending this book out in a ring (returning to me at the end) so there will be no release notes just journalling... each participant will PM the next to find out where to send it....

Annotation/Marginalia can include:

comments (if you use shorthand use an end page to write out a glossary)
word definitions
extra illustration (doodles)
insertion of newspaper clippings
exclamation marks, various punctuation marks and other markings such as X's
and our favourite the I'm so scholarly c.f

I'm hoping to get 5 other people, I think that's enough before it starts getting messy. People can either use a different coloured pen or pencil or initial their longer entries. Each participant can write a little bio or copy out their journal entry onto one of the front or end pages.

I have yet to read and annotate the book myself so I think it might even be after Christmas before I get this sent out, don't want it getting lost in the post through December.

For anyone interested in annotation I can highly recommend Marginalia - readers writing in books by H.J. Jackson.

current participants are, and many thanks to them

wiblick (Ireland, me!)

fruitbat (USA)Posted to 5th February 2004
karendawn (USA)
caligula03 (USA)
can1can2001 (USA) awaiting confirmation
Clawdia (Spain)
Kangaroo (UK)

wiblick (Ireland, me again)

Heading off to Fruitbat as of today February 5th 2004, apologies for the delay. I expect the book to spend about 4 weeks with each participant

I found I couldn't annotate much as I hadn't read a lot of the cited works, hopefully the other members of the ring will fare better and by the time the book gets back to me in around 6 months time I hope to have read some of the novels etc and finish my part of the annotations. For the moment I will comment that I found Bloom's constant comparisons to Shakespeare a real irritation.

Journal Entry 2 by wiblick from Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, April 25, 2005
I am laying this book to rest & in the hope of one day being brave enough to try again.

Missing Presumed Dead

Two obsessions were set to wed, it was going to be the ultimate marriage of
reading experience and book, a true message in a bottle for future
generations. The comments of fellow bookcrossers on the subject of
literature contained in the margins of the book would be immune to the
foibles of computers and the potential future obliteration of bookcrossing:
An Annotation Ring of Harold Bloom's "How to Read and Why". What could be
more perfect, what could be more sublime, Bookcrossers passionate about
books would have a chance to permanently record their feelings about a book
as they read it by annotating in the margins, a treasure trove for future
scholars. But it was not to be

He never reached his first reader....

In Memorandum

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