Monday, December 22, 2008

You Never Know What You’ll Find in a Book

You Never Know What You’ll Find in a Book
The New York Times, December 21, 2008
By Henry Alford

We may never fully understand what prompts people to leave unusual objects inside books. I speak of the slice of fried bacon that the novelist Reynolds Price once found nestled within the pages of a volume in the Duke University library. I speak of the letter that ran: “Do not write to me as Gail Edwards. They know me as Andrea Smith here,” which the playwright Mark O’Donnell found some years ago in a used paperback. I speak of any of those bizarre objects -- scissors, a used Q-tip, a bullet, a baby’s tooth, drugs, pornography and 40 $1,000 bills -- that have been discovered by the employees of secondhand bookstores, according to The Wall Street Journal and Mystery surrounds these deposits like darkness. ...

Read the entire essay in The New York Times.

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