June 22, 2004
Hiding Things in Books Not Such a Great Idea
At Used-Book Stores, Unintended Mysteries are Often the Best [Barry Newman, WSJ, 6/22/04] Article about the things people have left behind in books that end up in used bookstores and the bored, nosy clerks who find them. [via Obscure Store]
I'd probably do the same, trying to imagine the person behind the artifact. Still, I feel a twinge whenever I find a used book that has a dedication in it to someone, especially one I think the person should have kept. I ended up buying a used copy of Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown for a friend and writing in my own dedication, telling her I knew she'd appreciate this book more than the previous owner.