Toad in the Hole

July 08, 2005

Used Book

When we stopped in Davis on the way back from Yuba Pass, I picked up a book in Bogey's on E Street: a compilation, America's Garden Writing edited by Bonnie Marranca. When I opened it, I found some thoroughly dried pressed leaves that look like southernwood, a fragment of some other, less dissected leaf, and a note, as follows:

Dear Virginia

You were sleeping so good
I didn't want to
wake you.
I wash up the
dishes in sink.
I'll drop back
again later to day.
I have Dr appt
this after noon


Posted at July 8, 2005 06:30 AM


I have a collection of things that I find in library books. I think I need to gather it all together and post it!

Posted by: Janis at July 8, 2005 05:35 PM

Must be a happenin' trend. The Berkeley Public Library had a small exhibit, some years back, of things found in returned books. The usual: bus transfers, shopping lists, a few lists that were fairly incomprehensible, scraps of notebook paper. Notes like the one I posted, and I believe there was a dollar bill and some foreign currency, rolling papers, a leaf or two...

A year or two ago, I interviewed an artist that Kate had met; she'd assembled a book of photos, more or less, of things she's seen on the sidewalk on her daily trip to Peet's in North Berkeley for coffee. Some of those were odd and interesting, especially in juxtaposition.

Posted by: Ron at July 9, 2005 02:08 AM