Letter: Jim Haynes’ give or have card index

Geoffrey Cannon

Jim Haynes believed in barter, not money, and in love, not work. After his arrival in Paris he organised a “give or have” card index at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop on the left bank of the Seine.

It was kept in the shop, and people were invited to state what they could give or what they wanted to have, or both. Thus, somebody might write that they could give English lessons, and wanted loving care. No money involved. A principle was that there was no obligation to list both gifts and needs. Either was good.