Chuck Taylors and Cigs

Sometimes I check out– and even read– books from the library. I was reading John Berger’s “On Looking” (great, btw) and out fell this terrific photo. No writing on the back, just “Kodak paper.” It looks like a silver gelatin process, a little dark, but so gorgeous. I contacted our librarian, but the library doesn’t … Continued


I found this in a library copy of ‘Timequake’ by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s a postcard, and the only other words on it are “Laurent Nel, Rennes,” on the back. My favorite things are the hat and the apparatus in the background.

The Black Ace

I always got a kick out of this one. Found at the back of an old school text of Twelfth Night. Nice to know kids wasted time doodling back then, just like we do now.

In This Land of Sun and Fun

This item was stuck inside a children’s book which was mixed in with other books donated to us at the Prison Book Project (a non-profit cooperative that mails donated books to inmates in the US). I presumed it was something brought home from summer camp & was made useful as a bookmark.

Running Away with Jacques Cousteau

I found this tiny, bizarre Post-it note in a 1972 library copy of “The Whale: Mighty Monarch of the Sea” by Jacques Cousteau.

Monkee Astronaut

I found this in a book (a bookmark?) while I was looking through an old library collection at an estate sale. 1954 is typed on the back, that’s it. It seems so lonely, like no one else exists in this world, but someone is taking the picture. It seems sad that the plane is tipped … Continued

Drugstore Zombie

I work in a used bookstore. I found this in a copy of “The Birth of Tragedy and The Genealogy of Morals” by Friedrich Nietzsche.

Letter to God

I found this letter inside the book “A Walk Across America,” which was being sold at an estate sale. I bought the book (and kept the letter).

Claude at Dusk

My husband and I found this photo in a library book. Written on the back is “Claude at Dusk.”

It Hasn’t Been Easy

Found this a couple years ago in a book (Hunter Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels”) that I picked up somewhere… garage sale… ex-girlfriend… who knows. It’s at least ten years old but probably closer to twenty. I mailed it to the address on the card with a note but have had no response. Been trying to work … Continued