a year long writing project inspired by 'two thousand and ten choice quotations', a book published in 1890 by belford-clarke co. (chicago) and previously owned by g.a. marshall.
i found the book in the greater columbus antique market in german village, and i immediately fell in love with its breaking binding, gorgeous cover, fragile pages and especially all of the remnants g.a. left behind. the quotations give us a sense of a past time and place, but the clippings, page folds and notes found in the text give us a sense of a person.
my responses are sparked by a combination of the printed text and what g.a.'s left between the covers.
the blog title, 'the finest of wheat', comes from the book's introduction which describes the process by which quotations were selected: "the winnowing-fan has been used unsparingly, and it is hoped that for the most part these pages will be found to contain only the 'finest of wheat'" (3).
comments and inquiries about the book itself or any of my work are welcome and encouraged.
all work by ellie swensson.