Mark Lamster | Essays

A Deal's a Deal: Significant Objects


Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn's Significant Objects project teams up writers with junk finds and then auctions a short story with the inspiring object on eBay. The idea, I believe, is to reinvest meaning into the detritus of daily life. But, really, do you need any complicated theorizing to convince you to buy a totally awesome Jerry Lundegaard JFK bust that comes with its own backstory? Of course not. For what it's worth, Glenn was coauthor, with Carol Hayes, of Taking Things Seriously. You should buy that too, while you've got your e-wallet out. Unfortunately, Ben's mug is already gone. Damn.

Jobs | April 12