“A Year in Marginalia” by Sam Anderson

The writing I enjoy doing most, every year, is marginalia: spontaneous bursts of pure, private response to whatever book happens to be in front of me. It’s the most intimate, complete, and honest form of criticism possible — not the big wide-angle aerial shot you get from an official review essay, but a moment-by-moment record of what a book actually feels like to the actively reading brain. Here are some snapshots, month by month, of my marginalia from 2010.

This is the best “Year of Reading” list I’ve seen yet. Sam has an awesome Twitter where he tweets the best sentence he reads every day: @shamblanderson