January 19, 2009



In all my poking around used bookstores, I've happened across some interesting stuff wedged into pages of the books.

Like today Emily and I kicked around the used section of Barnes and Noble (found the 1991 B.A.S.S, which is now mine) and she picked up one of those oversized history/picture book type things. I suppose they are called coffee table books. Anyway, this book was about Jerusalem and inside, she found a few photographs/postcards wedged in there (hard to tell if they were personal photos or purchased photos). One the back of one was a little note, wishing someone well on their trip.

Other things we've found have been baseball tickets to a 1972 game in Shea Stadium, and an impossibly old photograph placed inside a German bible.

Now, the question I have is...is it okay to take those things without buying the book they are wedged into?

I say you need to buy the book, because that book and whatever errata found inside is what completes the story in a way. But I could also understand the idea of just taking whatever's found inside because the price is placed on the book, not the extra bits. What do you think?

viva el mustache


Big Perm said...

You buy the book. Because, like you said, the book is part of the story. Plus, then the book becomes the natural holder for the postcard/photo/lewd letter.

Mr. Friend Boy said...

Yeah...you have to buy the book. I agree with Perm-Stock. The story would be incomplete and you'd have to describe the book and such, which wouldn't do as much for the person hearing the story than if they were able to hold the book in his/ her hands and see where the found item was placed at the point of discovery. Not buying the book would be putting dinosaur bones in a museum. Yeah, that rocks, but seeing the bones in the context of how they were found is even cooler.

Jorge said...

I agree with the above comments.

The Mighty Flynn said...

I concur with my esteemed colleagues.