A simple, yet beautifully written, 4-page essay by Dr. Adler arguing for the importance for marking in books along with his method of how.Dr. Adler has had a profound impact on my reading for the past several years through his 'How to Read a Book,' and this essay is simply in agreement with his major idea: a book untouched is just woodpulp and ink, and not a truly owned book. A well-marked book details the reader's conversation with the author for future reference and for active learning. By mar A simple, yet beautifully written, 4-page essay by Dr. Adler arguing for the importance for marking in books along with his method of how.Dr. Adler has had a profound impact on my reading for the past several years through his "How to Read a Book," and this essay is simply in agreement with his major idea: a book untouched is just woodpulp and ink, and not a truly owned book. A well-marked book details the reader"s conversation with the author for future reference and for active learning. By marking a book, the book becomes as much a part of you as your recently consumed steak - perhaps more so. ...more


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Okay, so I had to read this as part of a summer assignment for one of my upcoming college courses and it turns out that I had already read it in 11th grade English. Both then and now, I find Adler to be fairly pretentious, and while I understand how some students may need a push to annotate in their books, this essay is very non essential to me, as I’ve been writing in my books since the sixth or seventh grade.
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This was a very short and quick read but one that I think would be very helpful to anyone at any level of reading. The main premise is that you cannot truly read and understand a book unless you are marking it up. Adler makes the argument that the margins are there for you to have a conversation with the author. Marking up a book is truly reading the book.
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Pretty good little article presenting the case for marking in books. I especially enjoyed the specific instructions on how to mark up a book. Some good practical tips, but a bit shorter than I would have liked.
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Nov 04, 2018 Rachele rated it it was amazing
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This was a wonderful essay, and I think every reader should read it, no matter their opinion on annotating!It can be read here for free! - http://www.maebrussell.com/Articles%2...Mortimer Adler you lil genius you This was a wonderful essay, and I think every reader should read it, no matter their opinion on annotating!It can be read here for free! - http://www.maebrussell.com/Articles%2...Mortimer Adler you lil genius you ...more
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This essay is incredibly smart and poignant. When i was younger I thought books were a holy item meant to be kept clean and pristine, looking untouched, un read. I eventually grew out of this and even took to underlining some words or sentences here and there... but I was still reluctant to really write on my books for fear of ruining them. When I came across this essay through a youtube channel, the way I read completely changed. You will find my constantly underlining, starring, and scribbling This essay is incredibly smart and poignant. When i was younger I thought books were a holy item meant to be kept clean and pristine, looking untouched, un read. I eventually grew out of this and even took to underlining some words or sentences here and there... but I was still reluctant to really write on my books for fear of ruining them. When I came across this essay through a youtube channel, the way I read completely changed. You will find my constantly underlining, starring, and scribbling in my books. I share this essay with all the readers I know, including ones that were COMPLETELY against the concept of touching a pencil to the pages of a book, and now they too understand the beauty of marking a book. ...more