Significant Objects

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What gives an object meaning, or makes it worth anything at all. Rob Walker (who also writes the Consumed column for the Times) discusses the Significant Objects project, which picks random knick-knacks, recruits writers to write stories inspired by them, and sees what happens...


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Comments [5]


oooh jeff, scary point! what IS that fee!?

Nov. 05 2009 11:57 AM
Jeff from Brooklyn

Hey guys, you're ignoring the monetary value of the copy being churned out for these objects -- 27 dollars is roughly the fee associated with a mid-level creative services writer, so all of these "values" need to take into account the actual marketable effort generated regardless of the author's pedigree...sorry not more lucid, I'm typing against the clock!

Nov. 05 2009 11:56 AM
Jenn from Upper East Side

I have a mug from back in the 80s with Garfield on it that my parents got from McDonalds. It's still my favorite mug, and I would be really sad if it broke, even though it cost $1.

Nov. 05 2009 11:55 AM
superf88 from

another stab at above them

granite countertops + object-meaning-algorythm = luxury condo

Nov. 05 2009 11:55 AM
superf88 from

A mere $27 for a jar of marbles? I will gladly pay $81 for that jar of marbles. Hold on -- let me log onto for my approval code.

Nov. 05 2009 11:50 AM

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