objects arriving with luggage in tow

What we need to recall is how the ‘thisness’ of this table does not, as it were, belong to it: what is particular about this table, what we can tell through its biography, is also what allows us to tell a larger story: a story not only of ‘things’ changing hands, but of how things come to matter by taking shape through and in the labor of others…. Such histories are not simply available on the surface of the object, apart from the scratches that might be left behind. Histories shape ‘what’ surfaces: they are behind the arrival of ‘the what’ that surfaces…

– Sarah Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology, p. 44

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