Writers and the Drive to Collect

article posted Jan 13, 08:26

As someone who collects, I’ve long been fascinated with the drive to accumulate “stuff” that one finds compelling… What is it that makes us love and want some particular fetish item? Whether its art, first editions, dolls, toy cars or… as I saw in a documentary once, vintage vacuum cleaners… what is going on there?
And I’ve often wondered if it was related to the drive to write as well…
I’ve got no answers to any of this of course. But the question is interesting. There’s an interview here with David Trinidad about his Barbie collection, and some links to interviews with other collecting writers. Enjoy!