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This stack of retitled paperbacks should feed your appetite for random weird pictures and found objects. posted by Burhanistan (52 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite

 
Burhanistan, I do recieving at the buying desk of a very famous used bookstore. I can tell you from experience that those are only microscopically weirder than some actual books I've seen. I may do a photo essay on it soon.
posted by jonmc at 8:14 PM on July 13, 2008


(don't forget to mouseover the titles for links)
posted by Burhanistan at 8:17 PM on July 13, 2008


Charming idea. Wonderful site. Good find. Many thanks.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:21 PM on July 13, 2008


ohmygod. Each book is a set of what the title describes. Awesome.
posted by yhbc at 8:22 PM on July 13, 2008


I laughed for a good 15 seconds when I saw that red paperback marked with yellow block letters "FUCK THE WORLD".
posted by JHarris at 8:23 PM on July 13, 2008


... I don't get it.
posted by kyrademon at 8:24 PM on July 13, 2008


No human being would stack books like this.
posted by dhammond at 8:24 PM on July 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


I am speechless. I am without speech!
posted by ddaavviidd at 8:24 PM on July 13, 2008


"The Whitney High Student Rock Band" is actually The Kids Of Widney High. That's about all I can contribute, except that some of these galleries are really fascinating stuff (the family that owned a liquor store is great).
posted by Donnie VandenBos at 8:26 PM on July 13, 2008


So many lovely things at that site. The Player photos and the found wedding pics are my favorite so far.

(Hint -- Click through on the book titles to the photo collections.)
posted by gingerbeer at 8:28 PM on July 13, 2008


- I LOVE SITES LIKE THIS -
whimsical, creative interface!
How To Make a Fun Website
:: This Is SOOO Cool! ::
THANKS AGAIN, BURHANISTAN
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:29 PM on July 13, 2008


Holy mother of God there are a lot of patterns here. My head is spinning.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:34 PM on July 13, 2008


Interesting presentation (they do a nice job of reproducing the typographic feel of the titles on the spines of old paperbacks)... but does anyone else feel a little bummed by the phenomenon of abandoned photographs? I mean, a bunch of tossed out wedding or baby photos of people who would clearly, given happy outcomes, still be married/alive, pretty much tells a sad if enigmatic story. I mean, when my parents pass away the baby pictures aren't going to get thrown out, right? It reminds me of my brother, who for years worked in a warehouse that processed charitable donations of clothing for shipment to Africa. As is the nature of things a lot of non-clothing items would show up among the donations and generally got tossed (although the weirder stuff ended up adorning walls and so forth as part of the local color) - but my brother could never stand to see the old pictures get sent to the dumpster and ended up keeping a significant number of them - all totally anonymous and mysterious.
posted by nanojath at 8:42 PM on July 13, 2008


Great site, thanks! I have discovered that the Rubber Soul Band does indeed have a website (presuming that the band playing the Long Beach farmer's market was not the Australian Beatles cover band).
posted by whir at 8:45 PM on July 13, 2008


i would love to display a book entitled 'chicken nuggets' on my shelf.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 8:46 PM on July 13, 2008


I'm really enjoying this a lot and I'll be passing it on to my manager, I know that she'll get a kick out of it. Muchas gracias. "The Player" one is my favorite so far, but I haven't looked at them all yet.
posted by friendlyjuan at 8:56 PM on July 13, 2008


I read this title as "Photos of dog putting stuff in his storage unit".
posted by delmoi at 8:58 PM on July 13, 2008


Apropos - real books with actual surprising contents: specifically, hollowed-out hardbacks full of stashes hardcore homemade porn photos (found by one surprised bookseller). NSFW, in case you're, well, thick.
posted by nanojath at 8:59 PM on July 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Photos of Doug Putting Stuff in His Storage Unit is the Euler's Identity of hilarious. Fuck me if I know why, but goddamn that's funny.
posted by Kinbote at 9:04 PM on July 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Do new books get added to the stack from time to time?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:18 PM on July 13, 2008




Great stuff!

LATVIAN PROPERTY FOR SALE

COMING SOON
posted by tellurian at 9:29 PM on July 13, 2008


Houseplant Picture Studio is an awesome site. Kurt Benbenek has been doing this for years, and no one does it better or with more heart. He puts up lots of music (his own and other people's, mostly bought at swap meets), and tons of photos, both digital and scans of stuff he gets in old photo albums and books at the aforementioned swap meets as well. A new version of his web site is here. This is what the internet should be all about!!!
posted by birdhaus at 9:30 PM on July 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


The book titles remind me of something MAD Magazine used to do, only more surreal and disconnected. The owner's homepage is sort of annoying (music playing in bg, can't find the "off " button amidst all the blablabla), but on it I found a link to a .zip of Brian Wilson's unreleased album, Adult Child, which makes this post awesome--listening now. Thanks!
posted by not_on_display at 9:33 PM on July 13, 2008


The Baby Stays in the Picture photos make me kind of sad. They seem incredibly happy. Why isn't the family in possession of this photo album? It was sold at a swap meet? There must be some kind of mistake! We must find them!
posted by LoriFLA at 9:45 PM on July 13, 2008


Awesome! One of my coworkers has a bulletin board of found items - mostly lists, notes and photos - I love things like this, though I have to say the found photos on this site are kind of sad - who loses an entire album of baby pictures - there has to be a story behind it.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 9:46 PM on July 13, 2008


Dolls are creepy
posted by Artw at 10:03 PM on July 13, 2008


Great find!
posted by longsleeves at 10:13 PM on July 13, 2008


(don't forget to mouseover the titles for links)

OH! Thanks, much better.
posted by not_on_display at 10:26 PM on July 13, 2008


Dude, Ben's sink... just, dude.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 10:37 PM on July 13, 2008


The clean bits just make it worse...
posted by Artw at 10:44 PM on July 13, 2008


ohmygod. Each book is a set of what the title describes. Awesome.

!

I'd already backed out and gone to the home page and decided that the site was awesome for other reasons. Fantastic! Best of its kind in a long, long while.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 11:01 PM on July 13, 2008


Houseplant Picture Studio is now somewhere in my Personal Top 50 All-time Best Websites Ever in the History of Websites That are Awesome or Otherwise.
posted by vertigo25 at 11:48 PM on July 13, 2008


I was glad to have a small reminder of the continuing existence of Phyllis Diller on earth.
posted by Dreama at 12:21 AM on July 14, 2008


The Phyllis Diller one is priceless. Truth always whoops fiction.
posted by jbickers at 3:55 AM on July 14, 2008


I simply must know what's in The Love Seat of Felt-Tip Fury, and of course there's no link.
posted by JaredSeth at 5:58 AM on July 14, 2008


The people in those wedding photos look more like archetypes of 70s folk than the cast of That 70s Show ever did. The Beatles tribute band look like they're all on big doses of antidepressants.
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:56 AM on July 14, 2008


Anybody know what the song on the second index page is?

The direct link to the MP3 is http://www.latvianpropertyforsale.com/quick.mp3
posted by vertigo25 at 7:12 AM on July 14, 2008


Doh! N/M
posted by vertigo25 at 7:16 AM on July 14, 2008


The wedding ones are so incredibly awesome I don't believe them. Surely no one was ever that seventies?
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:18 AM on July 14, 2008




The best site....EVAR! (Almost)
posted by doctorschlock at 8:45 AM on July 14, 2008


1970s or not, that wedding looked like a blast! all sorts of fun folks yukking it up in that spot. i wonder how many of them are dead.
posted by adamms222 at 9:35 AM on July 14, 2008


The Love Seat Of Felt-Tip Fury doesn't have a link. This makes me sad, because I'm fairly certain that, based on the title, whatever page it sent me to would answer all of my life's questions.
posted by quin at 9:36 AM on July 14, 2008


Or on complete failure to preview: what JaredSeth said.
posted by quin at 9:37 AM on July 14, 2008


I join JaredSeth in demanding access to The Love Seat of Felt-Tip Fury.
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:41 AM on July 14, 2008


double preview failure on me!
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:42 AM on July 14, 2008


A++ would take voyeuristic pleasure in examining the minutiae of others lives again

Bookmarked, favorited, held as an exemplar of all that is good and right about the internet
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:06 AM on July 14, 2008


I'll be savoring this...

Oh man, The Player... I want to swap lives.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:06 PM on July 14, 2008


This is such a fantastic post, burhanistan. Well done, and thank you!
posted by rtha at 9:57 PM on July 18, 2008


Now with more photos. The family who probably owned a liquor store is perhaps my favorite (for the moment): the sunglasses! the plastic on the couch! the light fixtures! the pants pulled well above the waist! the longhaired kids!
posted by gingerbeer at 6:36 PM on July 19, 2008


And the clown paintings! How could I forget the clown paintings?
posted by gingerbeer at 6:37 PM on July 19, 2008


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