December 9, 2023


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Book Review: Annotation | @mcleod

Book Review: Annotation | @mcleod

I finally experienced a prospect to read through Annotation by Remi Kalir and Antero Garcia. Despite the fact that I’ve hardly ever achieved Antero, Remi is my faculty colleague listed here at the University of Colorado Denver. Remi tells interesting tales about annotation (no, genuinely!), so I was energized to read his thoughts in print.

The e book highlights 5 key functions of annotation: furnishing information and facts, sharing commentary, sparking dialogue, expressing electric power, and aiding understanding. Chapter 5 on expressing energy possibly was my favored, significantly the sections on the #MeToo poetry of Isobel O’Hare and Alexandra Bell’s use of posters to problem racial stereotypes in The New York Instances. The e-book has a lot of fascinating illustrations of annotation in motion (trace: it’s not just people today creating notes in the margins of printed books) and is at its most effective when it is talking about these serious planet exemplars.

Although I am an active reader, I’m not substantially of an annotator other than highlighting passages or quotes for later. Right up until I met Remi, I hadn’t actually offered considerably assumed to the apply of annotation. The reserve gave me some new lenses by which to feel about this follow.

No matter if you are a reading through geek or not, Annotation is a fast study that should really spark your considering in some new directions. If you want to get a taste beforehand, here are a couple of podcasts with Remi to get you begun:

Be confident to also look at out the #SharpieActivism hashtag for yet another interesting story of annotation. And, as constantly, I hope that you’re studying anything enjoyment and fascinating far too!

Graphic credit history: Annotation, Remi Kalir