11-10-09: The Significance of the Insignificant
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Everyone has junk hanging around their house. Inexplicable boxes of useless, weird stuff. Why do we hang on to it? Rob Walker thinks it’s the stories we’ve attached to these things. Rob is the co-founder of the Significant Objects project, and the author of the “Consumed” column in the New York Times Magazine. At SignificantObjects.com, authors are asked to write stories for yard sale detritus. The objects, with their newfound meaning, are then auctioned off to the highest bidder. Kind of like e-bay based on emotional value. Rob Walker joins us by phone to talk about the project and how it started with a dropped mug. Authors Laura Lippman and Lizzie Skurnick then join us to read the stories they wrote for the project.