November 18th, 2010
random collection

I love this image sent to me by Devin Brockwell, a collection of random items from around his house. You wouldn’t believe what crazy good mail I get from people working on the books. I have received hundreds of photos of people on secret missions from “This is Not a Book”. I will find a way to display them soon.

I am at a point where I am not able to respond to every email I receive, but please know that I read every one and I love them all. Thank you.

Nov 18 2010
4:18 pm
lina writes:

i love this! random creativity.

Nov 18 2010
6:29 pm
kate writes:

just bought ‘mess’ for myself and wrapped it all up for xmas without even looking inside.

Nov 19 2010
12:17 am
Monica writes:

LOVE! My best friend made this! I am oh so proud! Thanks for posting it!!!!

Nov 19 2010
3:12 am
xulin writes:

What fun!Like the random.

Nov 19 2010
11:12 am
Tasha writes:

Great illusion! its a mystery figuring out the true creation.

Nov 20 2010
5:05 pm
Soundless writes:

It’s amazing what simple everyday things can create :)

Nov 21 2010
12:20 pm
Kassidy writes:

Wreeck this book was soooooo much fun me and my cousin caitlin did it together *fun*. Now im gonna get the wreck this box!!!!!!!!! ************** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :D :D :D

Nov 22 2010
11:32 pm
Chris writes:

Looks like somebody has been shopping at Ikea, I think I recognize the allen wrench. Oh wait, am I looking at the forest or the trees? ;)

Nov 23 2010
6:30 pm
Julie writes:

I am just now realizing how much I love a random collection. My girls are big time collectors which makes me more minimalist, but I now feel inspired to look as some of my own little gems – in random collection form.

Nov 24 2010
6:17 am
Zahra writes:


Thanks for this fantabulous online place. I do like it and keep visiting it.

Best wishes,


Nov 24 2010
1:57 pm
paula writes:


I was just thinking about one of my favorite books and I thought you would like it too–its about the psychology of towns, public spaces, and homes–and it’s called “A Pattern Language” by Christopher Alexander. Lots of pictures, sketches, concisely explained, and reading it just leaves me feeling euphoric because he really understands that it’s about humanity, not necessarily architecture as a pure form.


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