Friday, June 3, 2011

A Minor Musing on Value and Stuff

This article about collectors spending over $190,000 for Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's journals, typwriter, hooded sweatshirt, and manifesto along with my spending the past two days going through some of my father's tools and accouterments have had me thinking about stuff and what stuff is worth.  Apparently, People are willing to pay a lot to own the Unabomber's personal effects.
Kaczynski’s personal journals fetched $40,676; the iconic hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses depicted in police sketch artist renderings accounted for $20,025; and his handwritten “manifesto” sold for $20,053. Other popular items included $22,003 for the Smith Corona typewriter used to write manifestos sent to newspapers and later seized from the cabin and $17,780 for his autobiography.
I have nothing profound to say about the situation except that it seems ironic that people will spend thousands on something that few will probably care about in 100 years.  It's also ironic that I'm hanging on to material that I won't need in about 10 years and that no will probably want then.

Sometimes it seems that stuff owns us.


2 comments:

yanktonirishred said...

http://www.writers-free-reference.com/funny/story085.htm

Thought you would enjoy. One of my fave routines ever.

Shane

yanktonirishred said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

video of the text as performed by the author.

Shane