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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
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Passing the Time
I spent the last hour carefully placing tape flag after tape flag in my copies of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations and The Blue and Brown Books. It's heartening to have confirmation that my capacity for self-delusion has not diminished. Maybe I should apply for a job in the Bush Administration.

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jakemacalister From: jakemacalister Date: October 28th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My fellow students tell me off for the flag things and for reading. Did you know at this level that people don't always prepare for class? That they use internet webpages to talk about Hayden White? And that people don't really read Vanity Fair but curse SparksNotes for not having it in their catalog and sneak over to the library to watch it. But I read, so I am competitive (as they say: over researcher and over acheiver). The flags are their symbol of my over arching behavior. Long live flags and actually reading!

J
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wonder why students like that even bother to stay in school. I mean, if you don't care, then you could spend your time doing something more financially rewarding and less taxing. Here's to you for keeping it real.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I'm not sure you're deluded

Having your theory and marking it too?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: I'm not sure you're deluded

It's a cheap approximation of what I'd have if I documented the experience on video.
From: babyiwasshot Date: October 28th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Does that work better than notecards? I just write pages numbers on a notecard, which doesn't necessarily help given that I'm so OCD that I find nearly everything important. I annotate the books to hell, too.

Also: when is my mind going to derive something original? I'm tired of coming up with ideas that I find deliciously novel, only to discover later that they've already been expounded by others whom I haven't thoroughly read.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
To the extent that we come up with anything original, it's almost always in the arrangment of items, not in the items themselves. I used to struggle with that sad realization, but now I take it for granted.

I also have those OCD tendencies. Tape flags help me not to spend so much time a pencil in hand. And they can be removed later if I want to read something over with fresh eyes, which is the main reason I deploy them.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: October 28th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wish I had thought of that... particularly with Wittgenstein. I was attempting to reread some things from P.I. yesterday, but all I could see were my class-notes.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I got tired of having to procure multiple copies of the texts I use most. The nice thing about tape flags, at least the thicker sort, is that it's possible to write small notes on the transparent part that can then be "disappeared" when it's time for a fresh reading, but which can be entered in a log according to page number while they are still in the text.
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