Shevonne scores a Significant Object

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The wooden animal (above) about which Meg Cabot wrote for us has changed hands, Cabot reports from the LA Times Book Festival. In the process, she says, the object has helped raise a bunch of money for the Heifer Project. Here’s the scoop:

A lovely reader named Shevonne was outbid on my Significant Object… by my mom (who technically shouldn’t have even been bidding since she’s a relative. But then, you know Moms.)

Later we learned that even though she hadn’t won, Shevonne had donated the money she would have spent on the object to the Heifer Project anyway (where I had promised to donate, and match, any winning bid. So the Heifer Project got three times what the Significant Object ended up selling for).

We were so touched by Shevonne’s gesture that my mom sent the object to Shevonne, along with a little Mom-like note. Later I also sent Shevonne a signed book.

I had almost completely forgotten about the whole thing until this cute girl showed up at the signing last night and plunked down this funny looking cow thing in front of me.

I was like, “Wha…?”

And she was all, “I’m Shevonne!”

Below: Meg Cabot (center), Shevonne (on Cabot’s left), and friends.

By the end of SO v3, we will have rescued 200 insignificant objects from thrift stores and yard sales and sent them out into the world with new significance. I hope their owners will keep us updated!


Joshua Glenn is an editor, publisher, and a freelance writer and semiologist. He does business as KING MIXER, LLC. He's cofounder of the websites HiLobrow, Significant Objects, and Semionaut; and cofounder of HiLoBooks, which will reissue six Radium Age sci fi novels in 2012. In 2011, he produced and co-designed the iPhone app KER-PUNCH. He's coauthored and co-edited Taking Things Seriously, The Idler's Glossary, The Wage Slave's Glossary, the story collection Significant Objects (forthcoming from Fantagraphics), and Unbored, a kids' field guide to life forthcoming from Bloomsbury. In the '00s, Glenn was an associate editor and columnist at the Boston Globe's IDEAS section; he also started the IDEAS blog Brainiac. He has written for Slate, n+1, Cabinet, io9, The Baffler, Feed, and The Idler. In the '90s, Glenn published the seminal intellectual zine Hermenaut; served as editorial director and co-producer of the pioneering DIY and online social networking website; and was an editor at the magazine Utne Reader. Glenn manages the Hermenautic Circle, a secretive online community. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons. Click here for more info.

One thought on “Shevonne scores a Significant Object

  1. That’s amazing! What a long strange trip for that weird little creature. I believe it came from the Humane Society Thrift Store in Savannah. Crazy, and what a happy ending.

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