One of the great things about the Internet is the plethora of free things. Some are offered to draw an audience for which advertising can be sold; some are offered as advertisements themselves; some are offered out of pure missionary zeal. Most of these free things are digital — text files, software, music files, even short films and ISPs. And there are a number of illicit (tapes of the Goon Show, featuring Spike Mulligan and Peter Sellers) and semilicit (Plunderphonics songs not commercially available due to American copyright law) distribution efforts that coordinate on the Internet and make things available for a nominal fee. There are collaborative mail art projects run over the Internet, such as 20 Things and Nervousness, in which you contribute art and get different art back. But I am unaware of anything exactly like Booklend, the lending library run by Mark Anderson. Mark sends real, physical books to complete strangers for free. He doesn’t assign due dates or charge late fees. He pays return postage. He’s got over a hundred books in his library, and he relies on nothing more than people’s innate goodness, honesty, and fear of public shamings at the hands of a stranger to make them return the offerings. It’s a fabulous, generous project, and I’m thrilled to have been able to help make it happen. None