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    Default Traces of Others

    I'm reading a secondhand book atm and it's filled with annotations, but little to no text. One of the previous owners has just drawn brackets to the side of certain passages in pencil. I was sat reading it earlier and was suddenly overcome with the sense of knowing absolutely nothing about them. I don't know where they're from, who they are, why they highlighted these particular passages or what they thought about them. All I have to go on are these brackets.

    Anyone found anything interesting in pre-owned stuff? Messages etc? One of my mates claimed he found a pubic hair in a book, but it was probably just a regular hair.

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    I've got a copy of Heart of Darkness from a charity shop that someone's written a message in.

    Dearest Ernest,

    Something to keep you busy while I dig out Conrad's full masterpiece. I know it's somewhere in the house!

    Love you lots,

    Amy

    xxx

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    i'm reading dubliners at the moment and you can clearly see it had gone around quite a few times already. different annotations, made by different kind of people. one of them wrote her name on the first page and i couldn't help myself googling it. it didn't turn up any results though. afterwards i felt weird for doing so. i guess i was just hoping maybe it would turn out to be someone living in my street or something and it could become a beautiful love story.

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    I have my granddad's copy of Dubliners. No annotations though.

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    Any scrutiny and exploration of intimate aspects of other peoples lives outside what they voluntarily present is fascinating

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