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Introducing Henry Hoke, Screen & Playwriting Faculty

When do you feel compelled to make a note in the margins of a text?

I love discovering marginalia in used books. It feels like a secret conversation, a time capsule of a fleeting thought by a previous reader. One copy I own of probably my favorite novel The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is totally marked up, in pen, by another NYU student who owned it before me. Although most of the underlines and notes are clearly for reference/study purposes (i.e. plot summaries like “Newland +Ellen discuss her desire for divorce”), there are occasional stars and exclamations where you can see passages that deeply struck this former student, pulled their spirit beyond homework (“Each time you happen to me all over again”).

Since I’m not a student anymore my margin-writing only happens from that place of passion. I feel compelled to jot down notes when something strikes me so deeply that I have to register my connection for future glances. This act binds us through print media, so it’s lasting.

Henry Hoke is the author of Genevieves (winner of the Subito Press prose contest) and The Book of Endless Sleepovers (CCM). His recent work appears in Electric Literature, Joyland, Winter Tangerine and Carve. He co-created and directs Enter>text: a living literary journal.