Are you a book owner or a book reader?

I'm moving house at the moment and I'm losing a lot of books. And a lot of people are shocked. “You're giving away your books? Oh I just couldn't.”creative intelligence waterfall

The same sort of response greets me when I tell people that I scrawl in the margins of books, underline words, draw big circles around salient paragraphs… “You what?”

At a reading once, a woman said to me, “That's wicked and disgusting. Like  

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