Crystal B. Lake is Professor of English Literature at Wright State University, specialising in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Her recent work includes an essay on needlework verse (forthcoming in Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain), ‘Hairstory’ (in A Cultural History of Hair in the Enlightenment), ‘Antiquarianism as a Vital Historiography for the Twenty-First Century‘ (in the Wordsworth Circle) and an edited collection on Romantic Antiquarianism (with Noah Heringman, for Romantic Circles). Her exciting new monograph, Artifacts: How We Think and Write About Found Objects, was published in February by Johns Hopkins University Press. In the interview below, we discuss the book’s roots, findings and implications.