Lauren Leto

Used Books

Posted in Uncategorized by Lauren Leto on September 23, 2009

Confession time.

I like my books to feel used. I bind the binding, throw away the sleeve of hardcovers, write notes in the margins and fold down the corner to mark my spot.

Jeffrey Eugenides was so amazed by what I did to his Virgin Suicides that he commented on it when he signed my book.


I think people are polarized when it comes to this concept. Some take great care of their books while others put them through the ringer. I like my books to look like I’ve raped them.

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  1. M said, on September 29, 2009 at 12:14 am


    I find it super painful to write on books – esp the ones that I buy. However the ebooks that I printed out for class – littered with texts at the margins, even a doodle or two!

    Hi there Lauren, came here from 20sb. Did you really really read all those books? (:

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