Sunday, 21 February 2016

Marginalia


















Ordered Thomas Styron's Darkness Visible from the local library after someone mentioned it on Twitter or Reddit or BTL on a Graun article, which is how I do most of my reading these days.

It's a slim volume, outlining his descent into and recovery from depression. A measured account, compelling.














A previous reader's pencil marks remained scattered throughout the text. A line there, an asterisk there, the odd question mark - unobtrusive, until I found this on page 47:















"People often write tiny little notes like this in books esp. library books. Or maybe that is where they are seen - can be seen. I would hesitate to write in my own, mainly for fear of what other readers might think."

The book was tremendous but I loved that intriguing comment even more.

Support your local library, yeah?