On November 10th, The Institute for the Future of the Book kicks off an experiment in close reading. Seven women will read Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook and carry on a conversation in the margins. ..... Fundamentally this is an experiment in how the web might be used as a space for collaborative close-reading. We don't yet understand how to model a complex conversation in the web's two-dimensional environment and we're hoping this experiment will help us learn what's necessary to make this sort of collaboration work as well as possible. In addition to making comments in the margin, we expect that the readers will also record their reactions to the process in a group blog. In the public forum, everyone who is reading along and following the conversation can post their comments on the book and the process itself.
To get the full story, plus info on each of the seven women who will be participating in the project, go to their website for all the details. It looks like a great idea, I'll have to remind myself to check it out on Nov. 10.
Maybe this will be the inspiration to finally get me reading the copy I picked up at a used bookstore a few months ago. Has anyone read this already? And, remember, it's on the 1001 Books to Read list, for those of you following it. All good reasons to finally read it!