Object — 2 pens: 1 felt tip marker, 1 white-out correction pen; 1 pencil; 1 wooden nickel; 1 photograph with loop; 1 Star Wars action figure: Luke Skywalker; 2 rubber stamps; 1 baseball card: Jerry Koosman; 1 partially smoked cigar in glass container; 12 scrabble tiles in gray mesh pouch with "scrabble notes for 2 letter words" ; 7 photos of "original artwork for placement only" from the "layout dept." ; 1 tray of galley proofs wrapped in a canvas straightjacket : ill. (some col.) ; in box 49 X 24 X 12 cm.
"Rick Moody's short story, 'Surplus Value Books #13,' is a character study of a particular bookseller. The story is told through the description of books for sale in a bookseller's catalog. Values are assigned to each item in the catalog according to the bookseller's inherent personal desire for each item. Themes of value, voyeurism and deceit are presented as a pathology of collecting through the multiple layering of information and the revealing of objects of desire that are contained in the collector's box."--Colophon.