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Inscriptions, or any reader writing for that matter, make the book priceless. Without them, jeez. Max would have never met Ms. Cross.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 27, 2008 11:39 AM

The coolest things I've ever found were a long short story (I hope) that involved the character being raped in her sleep, that was both a highly-charged erotic description and an outpouring of rage; and a long inscription by the author, historian Bernard De Voto, to a young woman, consisting of effusive praise of her abilities and future, in one of his novels (which are not good novels, but hey, it was a buck).

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2008 12:41 PM

I have a friend who frequently receives books as gifts - often the same books (he's one of these lucky people for whom other people constantly feel compelled to give gifts - that in itself has always cracked me up) and he always said he'd wish people would stop inscribing them so he could re-gift. (i think this was after he'd received his 7th copy of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE) Now when I give him a book I think he might enjoy I inscribe it, BUT on a removable post it note, which I happily inscribed was so he could easily regift. I started it mostly as a joke, but now everyone who knows him gives him books with post it inscriptions!

I tend to be a fan of inscribed used books, but a post it is another option.

Posted by dawicksta | June 27, 2008 12:56 PM

I love the Suicide Guidebook inscription on the Book Inscriptions Project site:

Posted by Sarah | June 27, 2008 1:35 PM

on a similar note, here's another collection:

I contributed item 17.

Posted by Xenu, Warrior Thetan | June 27, 2008 1:43 PM

haha, the a-team! no way. they're early 20 something grosso oi punks who regularly piss me off by starting fights at nearly every party i go to.

Posted by emmmm | June 27, 2008 2:52 PM

i bought a (ghastly, terrible) rod mccuen book at a thrift store only because of the flowery handwriting in the inside cover that said "thank you for YOU."

Posted by pretentious | June 27, 2008 2:56 PM

Rod McKuen is not ghastly and terrible. He is ghastly and MAGNIFICENT. You should hear his record albums.

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2008 5:39 PM

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