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Experiment

A New York artist left a stack of books unattended in the subway station to see how books might connect people from all over the world and various stations in life. Each stack has a note that reads: “Take a book. Any book. When you finish, email the artist.”

I have done similar thing but not to that scale. I simply left books in my neighborhood library (wooden cabinet of books on a tree). I left a bookmark with my email address printed on it inside each book, in the hopes that I’ll hear back from whomever decided to pick that book up.

I did the same when I traveled. I left the books I finished in guesthouses and coffee shops with a bookmark on which my email address is printed. Over the years I have received emails from people all over the world. Printed words help us refocus and reflect on our own in this digital and fast age.

3 Responses

  1. That funny feeling you get when you did something first, nobody cared, but now everybody celebrates a large-scale copy-cat?

  2. Reblogged this on 40+/Single/Clueless and commented:
    Yes they do!

  3. I leave books in the neighbourhood all the time, but never thought of including my email address – brilliant idea. Will do that now🙂

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