Monday, September 14, 2009

Another installment of Make It New, Already: On hugging the left margin, etc.

In 1892, Kenneth Grahame (of The Wind in the Willows) published a playful little essay entitled "Marginalia" in the National Observer, reminiscing about his own childhood love of margins as places for drawings and jokes; he whimsically spoke up for "the absolute value of the margin itself" and wondered when the world might hope for "a book of verse consisting entirely of margin." This essay, reprinted in Grahame's Pagan Papers, prompted an admirer to make him a present of a blank book entitled Margin, which he accepted with a graceful, ironical thanks for "a copy which I understand exhausts the Edition & baffles the clamorous public." -- H.J. Jackson, Marginalia

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