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
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.