Project update: Significant Objects in new homes

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Toy Toaster + Jonathan Goldstein Story, in new home.

Toy Toaster + Jonathan Goldstein Story, in new home.

We’ve asked some Significant Object buyers if they would care to pass along photos of their outstanding purchases, shown in their natural surroundings. These images have begun to arrive; we’ll be sharing more in the days and weeks ahead.

Today, Nancy Drott explains how the Toy Toaster found its new home: “I loved the story, and when I saw that Jonathan Goldstein had written it, I knew I had to bid on the toaster. I work at Blue Willow Bookshop, a small independent in Houston, TX. I had written the following review of Goldstein’s latest book, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! to post on my ‘staff picks’ page of our website:

So now I really wish I had an uncle who was a Jewish storyteller. Goldstein retells some classic bible stories with humor, infusing old testament characters with modern-day sensibilities. I guarantee you’ve never heard the Garden of Eden tale like this before! Do you suppose David really did only aspire to be a stand-up comedian?

“Surely it was fate; Goldstein obviously created Uncle Dwayne just for me! In fact, my daughter likes to say that her mom bought a Jewish Uncle on eBay, never mind the toaster.”

Needless to say, this tale made our day at Significant Objects. We thank Nancy for sharing it with us.


Rob Walker is the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, and writes the Consumed column for The New York Times Magazine.

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