said 5 months, 3 weeks ago:
@supereb Good topic, Elaine. I’m a book lover who loves the feel of a good book in my hands… her favorite trusty yellow/pink/blue marker in one hand… and a horribly detested book-mutilating ink pen for note-making in the margins, underlining, and generally scribbling thoughts and charts and brainstorms in the other hand.
I’m one of the diehard holdouts for holding on to scribbly tangible ink-absorbing books. My brain just doesn’t absorb material the same way when I can’t have two-way communication with that little book.
I’m always in the process of creating a “Teacher’s Edition” in the margins, cracks, and crannies of any book I read, including fiction. Guess I got that habit from teaching English. When I see a great sentence that richly conveys something far beyond mere words, I simply MUST underline, circle, draw exclamation points, and make a note reminding me of the import of that sentence or a thought that it relates to in something else I’m working on.
So beyond being a mere book, most of my books end up being a resource digest and diary or journal of my thoughts on that subject. A reSource I return to again and again. Hence my nickname, ReSource Robin.
As a researcher, I aways have a strong interest and need to get to, verify, and evaluate the value of a source. Online research has made that a lot easier to track down “quoted” materials from a source, but not to verify and evaluate the quality of a source. In the past, it was easier for me to pick up a phone and call an author, writer, famous person, etc and quickly ask my questions, making friends and valued connections quite often.
Now with the internet ever looming, lurking, and threatening to print, record, and disseminate every word uttered, I’m finding experts and famous people shy away or run away from direct inquiries and complimentary conversations. It freaks them out. Unless their fame or expertise originated on the internet and openly welcomes and is set up to handle meaningful real-time dialogues on the internet, I’ve found most quiet, thoughtful thinkers have cut off their phones and can no longer be simply called.
Just dangy! Ten years ago, when I read a book I liked, I’d call up the author and talk with them. Made friends, connections, and found richer meaning in much of what they wrote, wrote about some of them, kept confidences to myself and honored their wishes. Do that same kind of thing today and you first must find a way to calm their internet stalker freak-out effect. Now it’s best to make contact via stilted online contact methods. Just NOT the same. Just can’t make book friends like that anymore.