- Benjamin Franklin
Two people who read this book before me have a great sense of humour. It's not what they left - two sketches, a song list - that made me smile (what I think is my) secret Mona Lisa smile (but probably looks more like I'm in pain, or smirking, or both). It's the fact that they left their offerings pressed between the pages of Found : the best lost, tossed, and forgotten items from around the world by Davy Rothbart. Just like the title suggests, this book is made up of collected lost and found items sent in to Found Magazine. I'm endlessly fascinated by things that people leave anywhere, although particularly in books. Most especially library books. I know from personal experience that I often slip bus tickets in between pages as an ad hoc bookmark. Sometimes I leave post-it notes in some horrific, bright orange or yellow to remind me "EPIPHANY HERE!" Other times I'll even dog ear the pages but ssshhh you didn't hear that from me. I've even been that person who, when I'm reading library books and am taking notes for a book review or top 5 list, will daftly leave the list there and wonder, days later, where it got to. I don't think that what we leave behind in books (or anywhere else, for that matter) defines us, but I find I'm curious about it all the same. Do we do it deliberately? Could we have left something worse/better/different/more incriminating/less incriminating, instead? I'm not sure. What I do know is that in some weird kind of lost-and-found-pay-it-forward way, I'm going to leave a couple of things in this book, too. So if you end up with this copy - and I guess you'll never know unless you request/read it - why not do the same? Add to it. Send it on. Continue. And so, 5 lost and found submitted items that I liked in this book.
Have you ever lost/found items in a book?
A New Year's Eve note from Kevin to his mum, found in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, page 241,
Don't panick, I'm safe and sound, I'm spending the night at Gimpy's, I'll be back tomorrow sometime. Don't call & yell, yell at me when I get home please. I want to have a good New Year's.
Tosca's comment: Go on, admit Kevin's note made you laugh!
A to-do list, found in Bellevue, Washington, page 204
Tosca's comment: One of the more unusual to-do lists I've read yet.
A note in child's writing, found in Columbia, Missouri, page 181
Mett me down by the big bush
from the kid whith
the green backpack
Tosca's comment: Who is the kid with the green backpack? And who did he want to meet so badly? Why did he want to meet them? And why down by the big bush?? It galls me to know that I will never know the answer to any of these questions.
An unusual note about spiders and trains, found in Boston, Massachusetts, page 58
To me spiders and trains are very similar. They both are hard workers. They both are very strong. They both get "bum deal" reputations as being the "bad guys" when in fact, we'd be in trouble without them
Tosca's comment: I can't make the link between the two myself, and I know that I'd be all the happier for it if spiders weren't around. And as for trains, I'm not sure we'd be in trouble, although certainly it'd re-write huge chunks of history. Odd.
A balloon wish, complete with deflated balloon and ribbon, found in Houston, Texas, page 12
I wish I won't flunk sixth grade!
Tosca's comment: If only wishes were that easy.