Monday, March 04, 2013

Defacing Textbooks: An Asian Art Form

Via a rather complex but entirely random web-browsing route, I ended up at Kotaku.com this morning and spotted a blog post all about how creatively Asian students deface the portraits in their school textbooks.

If these are really done by students (and who really knows?), these kids are a lot more creative than the high school population I was a part of:






Do follow the link I've highlighted to get back to the Kotaku website where you'll find lots more like these.  I suspect that some of them will make you smile this morning.

(Click on the images to view larger versions of each.)

4 comments:

  1. These are fabulous, but one of the reasons why I'd never have done anything like them is because I didn't want to risk not being able to sell my textbooks back. If I doodled, it was always in the margins. Doodling on top of textbook text would have given me cold sweats.

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  2. Sam, I wonder if you have ever heard of a book called Marginalia? It is all about the justification for marking up books. There is some evil thing within me that makes me talk back to a book...even in ink. I have never regarded a book as sacred. Just as an interactive medium for me to use and abuse as I see fit.

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  3. These days, Library Girl, I don't see how anyone can risk doing anything that might lessen the value of a college textbook. Those things cost a small fortune each. I hear you.

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  4. I have heard of that book, Anonymous, but have never had my hands on it. I am not opposed to margin-notes either, but I seldom do it in hardcovers...for some reason, it does not bother me to mark up a paperback copy at all. I guess that's the book collector in me.

    BTW, I know that books with notations from famous people or authors go for a small fortune. I would love to get someone like that's personal reading copy of a book I've read...what a way to get an insight into their thinking.

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