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By Koseli.

You know what makes me smile? The Missed Connections section of Craigslist. Have you heard of it? Hopeful or hopeless, they’re a vicarious What if? that is endlessly fascinating. Sophie Blackall, a Brooklyn-based illustrator, took these sometimes “romantic, rude, or bizarre digital message-in-a-bottle notes” and turned them into art.

Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found is a collection of illustrated love stories. In this NPR radio interview about her book, Sophie talks about being contacted by the man who posted: “We shared a bear suit at an apartment party”— the man she drew in the bear suit above. Isn’t that crazy?

P.S. — If you’ve been on the subway in New York City recently, you may have also seen Blackall’s portrait posters inside the cars.