Significant Objects
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Significant Objects

by Joshua Glenn
     
 

Collects the results of a literary experiment in which a best-selling or popular author wrote a short fictional prose story about an object on eBay, raising its value; the profit from the object’s sale then went to charity.See more details below

Overview

Collects the results of a literary experiment in which a best-selling or popular author wrote a short fictional prose story about an object on eBay, raising its value; the profit from the object’s sale then went to charity.

Editorial Reviews

NPR's All Things Considered
“Finding magic in unexpected things.”
GalleyCat
“Like a Salvation Army staffed by brilliant writers...”
The Independent of London's Couch Surfer
“Significant Objects combines one of the oldest of all media — the near-improvised short story — with the reinvigorated writer-reader relationship afforded by Web 2.0.”
GOOD Magazine
“Significant Objects is an incredibly fun, if curious, success, one that toys with the disparity between an object’s financial and emotional values, and speaks to our wonderfully human propensity to believe in nonsense.”
The Economist's More Intelligent Life
“The short stories are lovely. Some allude to an object’s brush with fame; others suggest heartache, loneliness and the occasional bar fight. Each story casts a strange spell on the objects, and on our perception of them.”
The Guardian
“One of the most life-affirmingly cheeky studies I have seen for ages.”
AdWeek.com
“To those who don’t believe in the transcendent power of a good story … behold: the Significant Objects project.”
NPR’s All Things Considered
“Finding magic in unexpected things.”
The Independent of London’s Couch Surfer
“Significant Objects combines one of the oldest of all media — the near-improvised short story — with the reinvigorated writer-reader relationship afforded by Web 2.0.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606995259
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
08/06/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,450,603
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Glenn is editor of the website HiLobrow; in the ’90s he published theindependentzine/journalHermenaut. He’s co-authored and co-edited severalbooks, includingTheIdler’s Glossary,The Wage Slave’s Glossary, and the kids’ fieldguide to lifeUnbored(October2012). In 2011, he produced a brainteaser iPhoneapp, KER-PUNCH!. In 2012, HiLoBookswill serialize and reissue six overlookedclassics of science fiction. He lives in Boston.

Rob Walker contributes toThe New York Times MagazineandDesign Observer,amongothers. He is the author ofBuying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What WeBuy and WhoWe Are, andLetters from New Orleans.More atwww.robwalker.net.

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.

Gary Panter was born in Texas in 1950 and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, the designer Helene Silverman. He is a three-time Emmy Award-winner for his work as the production designer of Pee-wee's Playhouse.

William Gibson is a professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford
Brookes University. He is also academic director of the Westminster
Institute of Education.

KURT ANDERSENis a novelist (Heyday, Turn of the Century) and journalist (Studio 360).

Meg Cabot is anAmericanauthorof romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults and used to write under several pen names, but now writes exclusively under her real name, Meg Cabot. She has written and published over fifty books, including The Princess Diaries.

Mark Frauenfelder is ablogger, illustrator, andjournalist. He is editor-in-chief ofMAKE magazine and co-editor of the collaborative weblogBoing Boing.

Sheila Heti, who was born inToronto,Ontario, studied art history and philosophy at theUniversity of Torontoand playwriting at theNational Theatre School of Canada. She is a writer and works as Interviews Editor atThe Believer (magazine).

Shelley Jackson is a writer and artist known for her cross-genre experiments, including her groundbreaking work ofhyperfiction,Patchwork Girl(1995). In 2006, Jackson published her first novel,Half Life.

Heidi Julavits is an American author and co-editor of The Believer magazine.

Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.

Tom McCarthy is a writer and artist. He was born in London in 1969 and lives in central London.

Lydia Millet won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for her third novel, My Happy Life, and her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was one of three finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Curtis Sittenfeldis the author of the bestselling novels American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which are being translated into twenty-five languages.

Michael Bruce Sterling is an Americanscience fiction author, best known for his novels and his work on theMirrorshadesanthology, which helped define thecyberpunkgenre.

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