Is it possible to annotate literature in a digital environment? Certainly, the answer is "yes." Is it possible to do so well and in a way that respects the ambiguity, complexity, and polyvocality of both the texts and the readers’ responses? If the annotations are, like a Wikipedia article, a single text composed through consensus, then I argue in this post that the answer is almost certainly "no." Yet, this model is the one that Genius wants to impose upon literature, as it expands beyond rap lyrics into several other realms. As another signal of their grand ambitions, the company’s founders have compared Genius to a digital Talmud, but the Talmud, like other rich traditions of exegesis, is not a single narrative. Instead, it is divided into multiple sections discussing different aspects of the Torah and includes explanations, interpretations, and practical applications written by a large number of rabbis throughout history. Moreover, the original "annotations" have in turn been annotated (Mishnah and Gemara, respectively). Far from a series of univocal, authoritative explanatory notes, the Talmud thus comprises a complicated, structured, and rich history of commentary.