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November 09, 2005
And the objects I own

In the United States, communities are born as they die -- in a day. The Americans have no complaint to make; the main thing is to be able to carry their homes with them.

These homes are the collections of objects, furnishings, photographs, and souveniers belonging to them, that reflect their own image and constitute the inner, living landscape of their dwellings.

These are their penates. Like Aeneas, they haul them about everywhere.
from Sartre's essay "American Cities," originally published in Le Figaro in 1945, later reprinted by Collier (not Collyer) in Literary and Philsophical Essays.

A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. . . .

That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get . . . more stuff.
George Carlin