Have you heard of marginalia? Sounds pretentious, but my made up definition is simple:
Writing notes in the margins of whichever book your reading.
It’s a note taking system practiced by some of history’s greatest minds. And a practice I resisted.
Ink up a book?
Soil the pages?
Question the author?
I couldn’t. I wouldn’t.
But then, back in 05’, I bought a book I couldn’t put down. A book that opened the tent flaps on European football. The book was:
In Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground, Becks shares a story of watching Eric Cantona train:
Evernote wasn’t around. Pocket didn’t exist. But I needed to remember. Needed to be reminded that even Eric Cantona, Old Trafford myth, made time to sharpen his Katana.
I’m doing it.
I stole a highlighter from my mother’s desk drawer and lit up the page.
Ok. It wasn’t marginalia full blast, but it was a start. To this day, when I see Beckham spine out on my shelf, those highlighted pages come back to me.
I’ll always remember, Eric made me do it.