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David Sedaris, and the stuff we do and don't buy ourselves
Merlin Mann | May 5 2006
The New Yorker: Fact [MEMENTO MORI by David Sedaris]
Another, as usual, hilarious New Yorker essay from David Sedaris. Mentioned here, first, because of his opening paragraph, which reveals David's personal method for "ubiquitous capture":
For what it's worth, I have a similar "buy me stuff" capture device, but more for the purpose of outgassing my brain's frequently mindless consumer pollution. My file is called "
Adding items to this file always reminds me of the story my Mom tells -- of the early, lean days of my parents' marriage -- when she would fill out catalog order forms, "buying" everything she'd ever wanted to have, and then just never mailing the orders in. A kind of Tantric shopping, I suppose.
I wonder how much of our (our at least my) rage for consuming could be mollified by this kind of pantomime spree. Worth a try, and it doesn't cost you a dime to find out.
[ Sedaris link via Mr. Kottke ]
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