I haven’t reblogged anything from Brain Pickings (which I always misread as “Brain Picklings”) in a long while and this one was too cool to pass up. To lure you in, a snippet from Michael Popek’s book, Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages, as quoted in Maria Popova’s article entitled Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-hand Books, which reviews it:
It’s happened to all of us: we’re reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people’s bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?