I've wondered about this since I was a child, and this
recent episode of the Slate Culture Gabfest, where two of the three hosts lament the possible disappearance of marginalia in the era of digital books, made me wonder even harder. I can obviously understand why, for instance the first page
of Nabokov's copy of The Metamorphosis is interesting. But what do regular readers write in the margins of their books?
I hear about people filling margins with all their thoughts, and even giving self-annotated books as special gifts, and I'm not sure what they could be saying. The scribbled-in used books I've come across have never really been interesting. So, help. I feel left out of this literary pastime and I want to understand: What type of thing do interesting people write in the margins of their books? If you have examples, they would be very welcome. Thank you.