June 14

A book signed by its own author is nothing more than a record of the incident of the maker and the made thing together in a brief moment of touch.   I was there.  Once the great novelist Valeria Luiselli signed a wax-jacketed library copy of her own novel The Story of My Teeth — checked out by me, signed at my request, & returned directly to the Mid-Manhattan library, out of my tentative possession, altered utterly, illegally and for the greater good.