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Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera

By Ander Monson

Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera

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Started reading:
28 March 2015
Finished reading:
4 April 2015

Review

This is an utterly fascinating collection of extraneous matter, culled from libraries all over the map visited by the author: for each item in the inventory, there’s about a page and a half of reaction, often in the form of a letter to the person who left it there. The diversity of the collection — this is what he found, though not all of the items are favored with a response — is enough to draw attention all by itself; but what makes it work is Monson’s insistence that even the most trivial of handwritten inscriptions deserves serious contemplation and evaluation. The only way this book could be more involving would be if the order of the items curated therein were completely random; by no coincidence, it was also issued “in a limited edition, unbound and unordered in a deluxe box.”