by Bryce Rogers (June 2012)
Marginalia are, on occasion, interesting. In the campus novel Pnin, Nabokov writes of “earnest freshmen” who adorn the pages of their books with “such helpful glosses as ‘Description of nature’ or ‘Irony’.” When not utterly banal, however, marginalia can provide a roadmap into the reader’s subjectivity through the symbols that litter the empty margins like street signs—exclamation points, question marks, stars. Stop here, turn there, go on. more>>>
G. Murphy Donovan
Excellent! Unsparing judgements are rendered on any era but our own. Critics survey the cannon for "error" according to standards that never existed at the time; indeed, like corvines warching a idea oxidize from a safe distance, then swooping in to feed on the carrion.