I read books with a pencil, but I read the Sunday NYTimes Book Review with an x-acto blade and a glue stick.*
I cut out good quotes and paste the author’s name below. Then I stick them in a little envelope in the back of my commonplace diary:
Sometimes two scraps talk to each other, like this African proverb and fortune cookie. Occasionally, when I don’t have a good line for the day, I dump out the scraps from the envelope and see what I’ve got:
Sometimes if you push these scraps around they talk to each other, too.
Afterwards, the cut-up book review makes these weird little picture and caption combos, which are almost more interesting than the things I cut out…
* Brands of x-acto and glue sticks are in my gift guide.