Orientalism is a book by Edward Said. Christopher Rozruch, the editor-in-chief and lead developer of Marginálie doesn't yet understand enough about it to attempt anything like a summary. What he is convinced of is that it is important. He suggests that it might be the first work covered by the Marginálie book club which might be a way for a community of communities of people to attempt to reach an understanding with each other through an open dialogue related to a number of significant books and cultural works while also developing a familiarity with the use of open communicative tools. It is the belief of the developers of Marginálie that such things are possible at this moment, can be chosen by all, and that such a step could lead to there being more empathy in the world.