A couple of articles have been published by the NYT recently on the endangered future of marginalia - or scribbling notes, annotations, thoughts, underlinings in books. That in some way through decline of paper books we are going to lose some of the richness of a shared reading experience.
Not strictly related to my theme of places, but feels relevant to thinking about how we can create places which enable greater shared experiences. Reading a book others’ have read is of greater value, giving us a glimpse into their thoughts
One famous example, apparently when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa in 1977, a copy of Shakespeare was circulated among the inmates. Mandela wrote his name next to the passage from “Julius Caesar” that reads, “Cowards die many times before their deaths.”