Significant Objects book!
April 3, 2012
Since October of 2010, when we wrapped up the third and final “volume” of stories at our Significant Objects literary-anthropological-economic experiment, Rob Walker and I have been working with (the ultra-talented and super-smart) Fantagraphics designer Jacob Covey, and with (the super-smart and ultra-talented) Fantagraphics editor Eric Reynolds, on a gorgeous volume collecting 100 of the project’s object-oriented stories.
This week, we sent the book to press! It will be on bookshelves before you know it. Hooray!
The book is, in a word, AWESOME. It boasts terrific stories in every possible genre, style, and register by 100 talents of our acquaintance, including Nicholson Baker, Jonathan Lethem, Sheila Heti, William Gibson, Matthew De Abaitua, Myla Goldberg, Ben Katchor, Mark Frauenfelder, Ben Greenman, Heidi Julavits, Neil LaBute, Lydia Millet, and Ed Park. (Regular HiLobrow contributors — e.g., Matthew Battles, Patrick Cates, Jason Grote, Mimi Lipson, Annie Nocenti, Gary Panter, James Parker, Greg Rowland, Luc Sante, and Douglas Wolk — make a strong showing.) Each story is ensconced within its own spread, along with huge photos of the novelty items, figurines, kitsch, et al., that Rob and I purchased for a couple of bucks apiece and which inspired the authors to dizzying heights of imagination.
Readers able to tear their attention away from these stories and photos will discover that the book also features the editors’ (semi-)scholarly analysis of the Significant Objects experiment’s results. There are myriad fascinating charts exploring key aspects of the relationship between narrative form and content, on the one hand, and marketplace value, on the other, all of which we’re sure will prove of tremendous interest to authors, publishers, designers, and brand strategists, among others.
We will do some proper promotion close to the actual publication date — which is officially July 2 — but I wanted to share a sneak peek at these spreads because I’m so excited about the book. Copies can be pre-ordered now. PS: The same contents can be found wrapped in two different covers, one of which features a porcelain cow, the other a wax rabbit candle.
What do you think?
I am, IN NO WAY, biased, but I think people should buy at least 14 or 15 copies of this book…
I shall buy 86 as cannon-fodder in your Legion of Obscurities. I am so very very hurt that you think I am a lesser figure than Lethem or Gibson. Who the hell are these shmucks?
I can’t wait. My first published fiction in 17 years. the last piece was a highly amusing piece published in the Idler, it transferred Train Spotting to Birmingham (england) and replaced Iggy Pop with Roy Wood. It was about 100 words long. So my literary output is certainly increasing, as Mushroom Shaker in Significant Objects was 200 words or so.
Extrapolating from this doubling of fictional output every 17 years I will be writing a substantial novel (around 130 000 words) in the year 2237.
If each of the 100 authors would kindly purchase 100 copies of the book, we’d be in business.
I bought 2 copies. I also own the Object associated with Christine Hill.
I ordered 2 copies for the Strand event (in order to have one of each cover!), but alas, they had only Gold Rabbit.
The reading last night was so much fun! Thank you for the ever-evolving intangible object that is the experience of loving the Significant Objects project!
Thank YOU! You became an important part of the project, Molly! Great to finally meet you.
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