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Contest Aims to Turn Junk Significant: Just Add A Backstory

Rob Walker doesn't see junk. He sees "objects waiting to be made significant."

Dozens of great writers contributed fictional backstories for weird and mundane objects gathered by Walker and Joshua Glenn. They’re featured in the new book "Significant Objects."

Now Studio 360 wants you to try your hand at it.

Kurt Andersen visited Vintage Thrift in Manhattan to find these three prime examples of junk. Your task is to make one piece of junk (or more) significant. Walker will judge the entries, with one winner for each object.

The prize, of course, is the piece of junk itself.

Because you totally need that wooden ... thing ... whatever it is.