Ode to the Coffee Table Book

Dear Coffee Table Book,

It’s been some time now since I’ve admired your glossy photo pages and larger format. Since I first cracked your spine, you’ve enchanted me with your miscellaneous in-depth information about a subject on which I will never be tested, but which deeply enriches some part of my soul. I drool on your full-page pictures and snippets of accompanying text, giving me tantalizing glimpses into worlds I’ll probably only ever read about. You allow me to travel far beyond my resources, hampered only by the confines of my imagination; as I turn each page for further glances at sumptuous displays of color and life, I fancy myself able to jump right into that place and time, like Mary Poppins, Jane, and Michael popped into Burt’s sidewalk sketches. One day, I hope to be able to offer you a place in my permanent collection; when I’m curled up in bed on an early morning, during a rainy afternoon, or at the end of a long day, I can comfort myself with lavish daydreams fueled by your bright renderings of unfamiliar landscapes, settings, and situations. Thank you for the countless hours of eye candy you’ve offered me.

Forever yours,

Rebecca E. Fabian

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