Famous lost words: Finding art (and joy) in scraps of memory
· By Bill Keaggy on in Collecting & listmaking
Book inscriptions, grocery lists, Post-it notes — one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure.
Particularly if that man’s trash is really weird.
For example, a dated photo that features an older woman standing proudly next to a Christmas tree – which is topped with an enormous, jeweled armadillo.
Or a shopping list that includes “Kid hair de-tangler, ibuprofen, Fibre-all, Sensodyne, Prozac.”
Or a note that says “BIND ME, please! And bring COOKIES!”
It begs the question: What happens if the person brings the wrong kind of cookies — will binding not occur? (Or will they, perhaps, be bound as punishment?) When will the cookies be eaten: before, after or during?
It’s a lot for a complete stranger to ponder.
Bill Keaggy, the founder of Grocerylists.org, was leaving a grocery store one day when a sort of “silly serendipity” struck: he found a grocery list on a yellow Post-it note. The list itself was nothing special, but much like Raviv, Keaggy found himself fixating on the person it belonged to.