When we are children, we are told that books are precious and never to write in them.
However, in college I was encouraged to comment and highlight in my textbooks as much as possible. I even used to place my books and notes under my pillow the night before a big test...perhaps hoping the endless information I was expected to know would seep into my brain ;-)
Today, I think I still hold onto my childhood view of books in that I feel that I should treat them with delicacy and keep them looking as "new" as possible.
But I really kind of like this advice from author and teacher, Anne Fadiman. It seems that highlighting or reading aloud a heartfelt passage in my favorite novel would transfer a part of ME into its pages...
and it would most definitely give me insight into myself and the world around me.
And maybe next time I spill my tea or smudge chocolate on a page, instead of trying to clean it off I will smile knowing that a memory and a part of ME is now enclosed in my book.
What are your thoughts on this quote?