In case these notes aren't clear
-proper nouns that become adjectives
-the act of taking notes
-diagrams and doodles to recall an idea or a concept
-Capsule Biographies (specifically by Borges who could apparently sum up the life of an author in two paragraphs more eloquently and efficiently that the average biographer with 200 pages of text)
-what defines the literature of an era is how it is interpreted in that era- Kafka on the shelf and in your hands and in your mind in 2010 is literature in 2010. Kafka on the shelf and in your hands and in your mind in 1922 is literature in 1922.
is this even a point worth stating?
-Instead of music as background mood making noise, how about the spoken word? Phrases, poetry, a short story, a series of words independent in meaning but harmonious in their oratory effect.
-not being afraid to have someone read over your shoulder