Its soul, so to speak, is inseparable from its body. Some things should be read quickly and effortlessly and some should be read slowly and even laboriously. The second has a great many books -- a few of them read through, most of them dipped into, but all of them as clean and shiny as the day they were bought. Adler 1902-2001 It is ironic that Mortimer Adler, the father of the Great Books Program and promoter of Aristotle and the classics, was a high school dropout. Most of the world's great books are available today, in reprint editions. . The reason why a great conductor makes notations on his musical scores -- marks them up again and again each time he returns to study them--is the reason why you should mark your books.
Furthermore, you won't want to lend them because a marked copy is a kind of intellectual diary, and lending it is almost like giving your mind away. He also says that books are meant to be used at fully, that if a book still looks new after reading it was not used at all. Confusion about what it means to own a book leads people to a false reverence for paper, binding, and type—a respect for the physical thing—the craft of the printer rather than the genius of the author. You have to reach for them. And that is exactly what reading a book should be: a conversation between you and the author. You have to reach for them. Now I read to learn.
Well, the physical act of writing, with your own hand, brings words and sentences more sharply before your mind and preserves them better in your memory. If, when you've finished reading a book, the pages are filled with your notes, you know that you read actively. This deluded individual owns woodpulp and ink, not books. An illustration may make the point clear. The second has a great many books -- a few of them read through, most of them dipped into, but all of them as clean and shiny as the day they were bought. If, when you've finished reading a book, the pages are filled with your notes, you know that you read actively.
Well throughout his essay he gives examples on how to do it, or scenarios that encourage us to do so. The most famous active reader of great books I know is President Hutchins, of the University of Chicago. Is it false respect, you may ask, to preserve intact and unblemished a beautifully printed book, an elegantly bound edition? But this act of purchase is only the prelude to possession. If you decide that I am right about the usefulness of marking books, you will have to buy them. How about using a scratch pad slightly smaller than the page-size of the book -- so that the edges of the sheets won't protrude? But, you may ask, why is writing necessary? An illustration may make the point clear. Star, asterisk, or other doo-dad at the margin: to be used sparingly, to emphasize the ten or twenty most important statements in the book. But this act of purchase is only the prelude to possession.
While working on your summer reading, be sure to get the most out of every book and stay awake. First, it keeps you awake. But you don't have to throw the paper away. He also has the hardest schedule of business activities of any man I know. A few friends are better than a thousand acquaintances. If you're a die-hard anti-book-marker, you may object that the margins, the space between the lines, and the end-papers don't give you room enough.
And that is exactly what reading a book should be: a conversation between you and the author. That's one of the reasons for doing it. If you're a die-hard anti-book-marker, you may object that the margins, the space between the lines, and the end-papers don't give you room enough. Here's the way I do it: 1. This person would probably like to make books his own, but is restrained by a false respect for their physical appearance.
I wouldn't mark up a painting or a statue. I contend, quite bluntly, that marking up a book is not an act of mutilation but of love. You have to reach for them. Let me develop these three points. I want to persuade you to do something equally important in the course of your reading. But, you may ask, why is writing necessary? You can't let your eyes glide across the lines of a book and come up with an understanding of what you have read.
And marking a book is literally an expression of your differences, or agreements of opinion, with the author. They forget that it is possible for a man to acquire the idea, to possess the beauty, which a great book contains, without staking his claim by pasting his bookplate inside the cover. The first has all the standard sets and best-sellers—unread, untouched. There is no such thing as the right speed for intelligent reading. There are three kinds of book owners. But a great book, rich in ideas and beauty, a book that raises and tries to answer great fundamental questions, demands the most active reading of which you are capable.