Jul
06
2007
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Sauce Magazine: MEV is “absolutely addictive”

St. Louis’ premier restaurant and food tab, Sauce Magazine, published a great review of Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found in the July 2007 issue. The book and I even got a big blurb of the cover! Excellent.

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Absolutely addictive… I challenge you to pick up the book and not read it straight through, from intro to index. You’ll never look at grocery lists the same way again.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
18
2007
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On KDHX tonight!

Hey St. Louis, I’ll be a guest on Thomas Crone and Amanda Doyle’s The Wire radio show on KDHX 88.1 FM, the excellent community radio station here in St. Louis. It’ll run 7:30-8 p.m. Central tonight. Listen in!

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
11
2007
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“Paper Trail: What Grocery Lists Reveal About Shoppers” at Advertising Age

Advertising Age columnist Lenore Skenazy wrote a wonderful piece on “Milk Eggs Vodka.” It was a lot of fun talking with her because she was very interested in the brands and customer profiles behind all of my found grocery lists — and that’s an angle I haven’t given much thought (compared to the amount of time I spend simply making fun of the lists ;-). Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

There’s a new reference book out for anyone trying to sell anything at the grocery — or understand America. It’s called “Milk Eggs Vodka.”

It’s a book of shopping lists.

Yes, real shopping lists — a couple hundred of them, reprinted in all their crumpled, stained and misspelled glory. They represent just a fraction of the thousands of lists collected over the past decade by oddball/genius Bill Keaggy, who hopes you’ll send him any lists you find too. He just loves them.

So do I! So do untold legions!

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
09
2007
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“Food for thought” in the West End Word

A couple weeks ago I did an interview with Sara Porter of St. Louis’ ‘West End Word.’ The issue just came out and I have to admit that it’s so well put together that even I couldn’t wait to read what I said!

The lists in the book are arranged in many different categories such as lists with bad spelling, lists that feature prominently healthy or unhealthy foods or lists with doodles on them. Keaggy said the categories were meant to make the reading more fluid and to provide more humor.

“I didn’t want to keep saying over and over — that’s a dumb list, that’s a dumb list,” Keaggy said. “So I put the lists into different piles to see what they had in common. Each chapter goes through 10 or 12 lists and the readers will turn to the next chapter and find another different kind of list. The categories also help the book flow better. On the site, they aren’t arranged in any order so people go on for 10 seconds, look and then leave. But with a book they expect to be fulfilled and to stay until the end.”

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
08
2007
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Podcasting in Tampa

Jeff Houck, the food writer at the Tampa Tribune, has started a podcast for TBO.com called Table Conversations — and I’m pleased to be the first victim guest. ;-)

We talk about my book, “Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found,” collecting, bad spelling, obsessions, the humor and humanity to be found in other peoples’ grocery lists and … rocks shaped like shoes! You can check it out here: Table Conversations Podcast with Bill Keaggy. Thanks again, Jeff!

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
07
2007
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Keaggy on KMOX

I’ll be on the radio here in St. Louis next Wednesday, June 13 around 10:30 p.m. Central time talking with the two Johns on KMOX 1120. Listen in as I talk and joke about the “Milk Eggs Vodka” book.

If you can’t hear me on the radio try to come see me at Left Bank Books the following evening, Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
04
2007
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“promises to provide much amusement” in The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman has decided that reading Milk Eggs Vodka this summer is a good idea. I agree!

A whimsical book that promises to provide much amusement is “Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found” (HOW Books, $19.95) by Bill Keaggy, who has collected grocery lists from around the world. Keaggy believes such lists can reveal much about a culture…

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
04
2007
1

“Found grocery lists offer look at private lives” in the Gwinnett Daily Post

Here’s a column in Georgia’s Gwinnett Daily Post about my site and the book:

…when I stumbled upon the Web site Grocerylists.org, I was ecstatic. The site features a collection of images of 1,600 discarded shopping lists that people found just about anywhere — left in shopping carts, dropped in parking lots. The first time I visited, I spent a couple of hours reading strangers’ grocery lists.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
Jun
03
2007
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“laugh-out-loud pleasure” in BookPage

I’m en route back to STL from PDX via ABQ so here’s a PDQ excerpt from the June issue of the BookPage nonfiction reviews:

If you’ve ever laughed at those of us compulsive enough to shred our grocery lists, you’ll think again after reading Bill Keaggy’s Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found. Keaggy, who must be a bit of an obsessive-compulsive himself, found, saved and sorted this detritus of everyday life, presented here in scanned images so clear that every lipstick smudge, crossed-out item and doodle is visible.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
May
30
2007
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“Making A List, Checking It Twice” in the Tampa Tribune

Milk Eggs Vodka in the Tampa TribuneCheck out this fun (and clever) article by Jeff Houck of the Tampa Tribune. He wrote a story about me and my book, “Milk Eggs Vodka,” in the form of a list! It’s featured on the front of the food section, Flavor. An excerpt:

Introduce Bill Keaggy. (A St. Louis newspaper photo editor and married father of two who describes himself as a “collector, maker and breaker of things.”)

Explain hobby. (He collects and photographs odd things: box cameras, rocks shaped like shoes, dirt, discarded bookmarks.)

Discuss his most famous collection. (Discarded grocery lists he has displayed on his Web site.)

Detail its origin. (Keaggy found an ordinary list in the parking lot of a St. Louis grocery store. Fascinated, he kept finding more in empty shopping carts. After he collected about 30 of them, he put them online in 1999. They’re now at GroceryLists.org.)

What happened next? (Visitors to his Web site, including grocery cashiers, started sending him grocery lists they found as well as lists they were finished with.)

How many? (Thousands. Keeps them in shoe boxes at home.)

Talk about the book. (Keaggy sorted the lists and, in the process, published a new book, “Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found” (How, $19.99).)

Thanks, Jeff!

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
May
29
2007
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Author appearance at Left Bank Books, St. Louis

Bill KeaggyOn June 14 at 7 p.m. I’m going to be doing a “Milk Eggs Vodka” reading (reading?! performance?! presentation?! signing?!) at the excellent Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri. What to expect? Hmmm. I’m not quite sure, but it should be fun. Goofy grocery lists galore! I’ll even sign you book if you want, and you could donate your used grocery lists while you’re there.

Time: Thursday, June 14, 2007 7:00 PM
Location: Left Bank Books, 399 North Euclid
Title of Event: Bill Keaggy, “Milk, Eggs, Vodka”

If you’re in St. Louis please come by! I’ll look like a total loser if you don’t.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
May
24
2007
2

Interviewed by the RFT

I talked to Chad Garrison of the Riverfront Times here in St. Louis last week. Here’s the Q&A:

In 1997 Bill Keaggy discovered a discarded grocery list in a south-city Schnucks. Ten years later, Keaggy has published his first-ever book, Milk Eggs Vodka, documenting some of the 1,700 grocery lists he has collected since. Last week Keaggy took time off from his day job as a photo editor for the Post-Dispatch to discuss the book.

(FYI: The headline on the story refers to a short news bit on the previous page — not me.)

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
May
24
2007
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Found objects/art in Pop City

Pop City is a publication of the School of Communications Design Studies at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Carly Koshman interviewed me, Found Magazine’s Davey Rothbart and artist Blair Brennan for the third issue of the text/image/design magazine.

Ever since i discovered Found Magazine, the discarded items of strangers have fascinated me… Bill Keaggy collects grocery lists, and Edmonton artist Blair Brennan makes art out of his collections to name just a few. But what’s the appeal?

Here’s part of what I said:

So much that is revealed is actually in the mind of the finder who interprets the object, be it a list, note, photograph or something else.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
May
21
2007
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MEV in the Sacramento Bee

Well, it’s a mention at least:

For years, Keaggy collected grocery lists that had been tossed away by shoppers. He sorted through them and offers the best from different categories (funny, healthful, sad, upscale and so on).

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |
May
18
2007
1

Ten Questions with GroceryLists.org’s Bill Keaggy on His New Book, “Milk, Eggs & Vodka” on Associated Content

A couple weeks ago I did an email interview with Associated Content producer, Donna T. Here it is!

If you’ve ever made a shopping list and accidentally left it in the shopping cart, or gasp, littered your list, it very well could have been made public. In 1999 blogger and webmaster Bill Keaggy put his personal collection of lost and found grocery lists online. Nearly ten years later, his collection of funny and often sad lists have been turned into a book, Milk, Eggs & Vodka.

Written by Bill Keaggy in: In the press |

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