Volume 2 update and recent reactions elsewhere

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Just a quick note to observe the completion of the first auction of Significant Objects Volume 2, which actually happened on Tuesday: The Rabbit Candle + Story by Neil LaBute, went for $112.50 (original price $3). An auspicious beginning! Please keep the bids coming and keep helping us spread the word. As you know, proceeds from the 50-object Volume Two will be gathered up into a lump sum and given to 826 National. We want an impressive lump sum!

Get a Significant Object story by email every weekday, here; follow on Twitter: @SignificObs; fan up at the Significant Objects Facebook Page. Keep reading, bidding, commenting on the stories, telling friends and fans and followers and strangers and media contacts, or all of the above. Thanks as always.

Meanwhile a few recent reactions from elsewhere are below. If we missed your take, let us know in the comments.

  • In a SnarkMarket post, Robin Sloan writes about “story shadows,” and observes: “Prob­a­bly the best exam­ple of story-shadow engi­neer­ing today is the super-awesome Sig­nif­i­cant Objects.” Nice! (Although the next sentence is: “I feel like you ought to be able to take what they’re doing and move it up the food chain—imagine a future for new objects, as well as a past for old ones.” Hm. A move “up” what food chain? Anyway, a discussion ensues in that site’s comments, with highlights coming from S.O. contributor Matthew Battles.)
  • I did an interview with Fictionaut about the project about the Fictionaut group we started. What is Fictionaut, you ask? “Part self-selecting magazine, part community network, Fictionaut is a way for readers to discover new voices and for writers to share their work, gain recognition, and connect with their audience and each other.” More about our Fictionaut group tomorrow.
  • The L.A. Times’s Culture Monster blog gives us a shout-out here.
  • I was amused to see that Riverhead Books is bragging about its writers’ performance in S.O. Volume 1 — but why not, since top-seller Doug Dorst is their guy?
  • Rhymes With Bacon checks in here, and shares a BBQ Sauce Jar story here. (“What cool writing prompts these objects would make for a malingering writer, looking for a jump start… )


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.

2 thoughts on “Volume 2 update and recent reactions elsewhere

  1. I hope the next Doug Dorst novel has a banner on the cover, like: “#1-Rated Author in the World according to Significant Objects!”

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