about 15 years ago, i loaned my copy of the very hard to find "Venus on the Half-Shell" book to a friend out of state. This book was supposedly penned by Kilgore Trout who was one of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s characters throughout many of his books.
In actuality, a man by the name of Farmer wrote the book (with Vonnegut's permission though he later regretted it). The book has become a thing of legend with most people not believing it's even a real book until they see a copy for themselves.
i had several conversations with the friend who i had loaned the book to and it seemed that he had loaned it to someone else and that person loaned it to someone else and so on. the book was gonesville in my mind. Not a big deal, sure I would have liked it back but I wasn't pining for it or anything like that.
today i got an unexpected surprise in the mail. i couldn't even imagine what was in the yellow envelope from my friend N8. I was thinking it might be old photographs or artwork or something and then there it was. Venus on the Half-Shell.
i'm going to start re-reading it tonight.