The weather bureau will tell you what next Tuesday will be like, and the Rand Corporation will tell you what the twenty-first century will be like. I don’t recommend that you turn to the writers of fiction for such information. It’s none of their business. All they’re trying to do is tell you what they’re like, and what you’re like—what’s going on—what the weather is now, today, this moment, the rain, the sunlight, look! Open your eyes; listen, listen. That is what the novelists say. But they don’t tell you what you will see and hear. All they can tell you is what they have seen and heard, in their time in this world, a third of it spent in sleep and dreaming, another third of it spent in telling lies.
Items transferred to the Personal Effects collection include one painted fabric wall hanging and several items taken from a bulletin board including: one potato gun in its original packaging, one paint can lid with dried white paint, one yellow button with the words "No war in the Gulf," one yellow and black button with the word "Iowa" and a yellow and black ribbon and small plastic football attached, one empty box of Cara safety matches, one empty package of Flavor House dry roasted sunflower seeds, one small bundle of blue and yellow wires with a yellow pushpin and a piece of tape on which is written "Loc. 137 Ext. 287," one set of two unused Christmas themed hand towels, and one green plastic 6-inch ruler with stencils.