It all began with a mug*

01.18

I started this site for one reason, coffee fuels my inspiration. It is the times when I have a mug of coffee in my hand, whether alone in the morning or in a cafe talking with friends, that I have my most inspired ideas. Because of this, I began writing a daily ode to coffee last fall that I planned to self-publish into a fun little book of poetry. After some thought, I realized that many of the people I know have the same adoration for coffee and are inspired to do many things in its presence. So I created a place where I can share that collected work inspired and fueled by coffee—as well as reviews of the fuel I’m running on.

Significant Objects is one of those great projects that began with a coffee mug(*partially). The project, started by Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, has  created an entire library of fictional stories inspired by items found at yard sales and thrift stores. The items are then sold on eBay to see how much value the accompanying stories have added. The sites latest round of objects being sold will support 826 National(another great project).

As I’ve mentioned in a few interviews, a mug was partially responsible for inspiring this entire project. Specifically, the mug above. I bought it years ago on a trip to Baltimore with my now-wife; and in 2005, I broke it. Obviously this mug had no particular marketplace value at the time I accidentally smashed it — yet I was quite stricken. To me it was irreplaceable, precisely because there was a nice story to it. (I’ll spare you.) And that got me thinking. . . (Why did I photograph the mug? I knew that some day I’d cross paths with Joshua Glenn and we’d create Significant Objects! But I threw the actual object away. C’mon, it was just a busted mug.)

Read stories over at Significant Objects and support 826 National by bidding on an object!

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