I’ve attached the links to two different short stories, one is more contemporary while the other is a canonical classic. I chose a story by Raymond Carter because I’m pretty familiar with it and I enjoy reading it, it seems like every time I read Carver I discover something new and interesting within the text. I also chose Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” because it is a total classic of it’s genre, and I think it serves as an archetype to later incarnations of the horror short story genre, as well as the form of the modern short story as we have it today.
First off, this was not my first time encountering Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, The Scrivener.” I was already all too familiar with this story as I’ve read it for a couple different English classes, and as per usual, have discussed it to death in those classes. However, while reading the annotated versions of “Bartleby” for this assignment, I’d say I finally found a way to engage with this short story, in a way that was interesting to me. In those endless discussions on Bartleby in previous classes, it was safe to say no one, my self included, really knew what the story was about at all. When I first read the story, I believe I took it way too literally, which is easy to do when your just reading the story without the aid of any helpful annotations or comments. Both annotated versions, although I personally preferred The Slate annotation, provided the reader with helpful, thought provoking information that enhanced my experience as a reader because it provoked me to keep asking questions as I read the story. The annotations didn’t tell me what to think, or explicitly tell me what the story was about, which I thought was helpful. On the Genius annotation, I found it was helpful to have the annotations hidden so the reader can access them or ignore them at any time during the story. For my next annotations, I’d like to do something of a hybrid between the Slate and Genius annotations, with some information always visible, and others to be more subtly available.