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Ephemera

October 25, 2011

Things found in donated books during this morning’s shift at the Oxfam bookshop:

  • a papyrus bookmark, plastic-sleeved, printed with hieroglyphs. The ink had faded; what had once been black was now purple.
  • a small pencil, much used, hiding in an extremely bulky edition of Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy.
  • a typewritten program, very carefully folded, for a Pontefract Girls’ High School production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, no date.
  • flashcards/index cards, again typewritten, for a few of the major speeches of Othello, on blue paper.
  • a bookmark advert for a gay drama and erotica press called Star [Something] Books, on purple card, with bonus picture of a shirtless dude.
  • a piece of glossy A5 paper, folded three times to fit into the back of an Edna O’Brien paperback, which had written on it in very faded pencil the words “inevitable” (very faint, might have been “new table” for all I could tell), a gap, then below this “he becomes”, then below that “something from my past”.
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