Saturday, May 20, 2006


The Abandoned Journal

Back in the fall I stumbled across someone auctioning their old teenaged diaries on eBay; this week, there's an abandoned journal by a homeless man, dating to the 1980s:

The description notes it was "found in the streets of Houston near a homeless shelter -- writings in this tablet are from the 1980s and other dates unknown -- it appears the homeless person was from France..."

I would sometimes come across stuff like this in the shipping containers when I worked briefly in Hay-On-Wye. There'd be these random personal notebooks that got swept up into estate sales and the like. It always unnerved me a bit -- not the voyeurism -- but the way people's journals become unstuck from their families and friends, and... swept out to sea, you might say.

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