Perhaps the favorite thing Randi and I brought back from AWP (other than the memories, of course!) was a box of “literary postcards” called Bibliophilia:
The postcards come in a box of 100*. They are beautiful images, each with a different quote from a famous writer. Randi found them at one of the booths, and she showed me the find with a guilty pleasure, pulling them from her tote bag in the middle of the bustling AWP Bookfair. “Look!” she said, and we opened them immediately, our hands reaching outwards, not to flip through the cards as you might expect, but to each draw one at random, our eyes closed, left hands extended, seeking our inspiration for the day.
Okay, so maybe this was not the purpose of the postcards. I doubt they were meant to be a form of writer’s stichomancy, a grasping at words the way people used to grasp at random Bible passages for insight or divine guidance. But Randi and I do this often, with EVERYTHING, from board game characters to fortune cookies to boxes full of rocks… Either way, the cards’ messages were profound. Continue reading