August 18th, 2010


JD's Toilet

Today, I learnt that you could buy J.D. Salinger's toilet, uncleaned.

A toilet from a New Hampshire home that J.D. Salinger lived in during the eighties is being auctioned on eBay for $1,000,000. Really. Really. The commode is a “simple, white Crane Oxford model” that has not been cleaned and does not come with a seat or lid. It does come with a letter of authenticity. The extremely classy dealer vending this porcelain throne is open to taking “reasonable” offers for the toilet, but he thinks it’s worth at least $100,000. After all, even though it was manufactured in October 1962, after most of his published work had appeared, “Salinger is believed to have left behind a substantial volume of unpublished writing, and … surely Salinger conceived some of it while sitting on” this very toilet. So, you know, if you have a million dollars and missed your chance to inappropriately invade J.D. Salinger’s privacy while he was alive, here is the next best thing. Available through September 4!

I wonder how true the uncleaned point of that would be. Personally, I have my doubts.

I kind of doubt that anyone would buy this, but perhaps I'm wrong. I mean, is it any real different from buying clothes that Princess Diana wore, or costumes that passed Audrey Hepburn by? I mean, granted, they didn't sit round, take a shit, and ponder what literary genius they could come up with, but...

Man, there needs to be real content on this blog.