...are splashes upon splashes of papers sticking themselves up out of books, posted driftwood -- "hey, save me first, anchor these words!" attention drawn by the highlights, maximized minimum space (black text on white) of 15-20 pages >> nevermind; due three weeks ago...
The form of the index card - constraint? release? retention? reminder?
How do we know what is important?
If it makes its way off the page, through the eyes, to the brain, signaling the hand
1. reach for pen
2. reach for paper
3. write the black ink configured as you see it,
4. record the moment of reading
5. to translate it - later - into a era of knowledge
then it is given a portable reference/record. One that can be owned, traveled with, accessed again upon whim, no need for a library check-out.
With all the information that is possible, how do we know what is important to know?
We mark its importance through its recording, picking the object closest to us for the translation:
The index card
A believer himself in the index card, Barthes (in Roland Barthes) remarked on the action of using it as a tool to record data:
"Still warm, nothing is yet to be determined of its quality: stupid? dangerous? insignificant? worth keeping? to be thrown away? to be focused? to be protected?"