February 8, 2023

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Book Review: Annotation | @mcleod

I finally experienced a possibility to read through Annotation by Remi Kalir and Antero Garcia. Although I have under no circumstances fulfilled Antero, Remi is my faculty colleague listed here at the College of Colorado Denver. Remi tells intriguing stories about annotation (no, truly!), so I was energized to study his views in print.

The guide highlights five important features of annotation: giving information and facts, sharing commentary, sparking discussion, expressing electrical power, and aiding studying. Chapter 5 on expressing power likely was my preferred, especially the sections on the #MeToo poetry of Isobel O’Hare and Alexandra Bell’s use of posters to challenge racial stereotypes in The New York Times. The e-book has quite a few fascinating illustrations of annotation in motion (trace: it is not just persons creating notes in the margins of printed publications) and is at its finest when it is talking about these genuine world exemplars.

While I am an active reader, I’m not a lot of an annotator other than highlighting passages or quotes for afterwards. Till I satisfied Remi, I hadn’t really offered a lot thought to the exercise of annotation. The ebook gave me some new lenses by means of which to assume about this follow.

No matter whether you are a reading geek or not, Annotation is a quick examine that must spark your wondering in some new directions. If you want to get a style beforehand, below are a couple of podcasts with Remi to get you begun:

Be certain to also examine out the #SharpieActivism hashtag for a further fascinating story of annotation. And, as always, I hope that you’re looking at some thing enjoyment and exciting too!

Graphic credit: Annotation, Remi Kalir