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Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space | Brain Pickings


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"Before I Die (public library) collects the best of these public yet anonymous walls, from Alaska to Australia, Brooklyn to Berlin, filled with answers ranging from the poignant (“see a year without war”) to the silly (“sleep with a harp player”) to the disarmingly honest (“repair my broken heart”). Alongside the photographs are the stories of some of the people who chalked in their anonymous answers ..."

Two things: 

It's amazing how thinking about death helps us crystallize our desires.  For one person (fourth pic down) it was "Go to a Nickelback concert!"  Hell yeah!

One thing I love love love about Brainpickings is their book find point is usually "public library".  Books don't have to be acquired/purchased/owned/stored - they can be borrowed.

I hope the concept of library doesn't disappear like the concept of bookstore has started to.

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