Inspired by one professor's infectious enthusiasm for Emily Dickinson, Obsessed is an ongoing HuffPost Arts & Culture series exploring the idiosyncratic, all-consuming passions of public figures and unknowns alike. Through a mix of blogs and interviews, these pieces will highlight the elusiveness of whatever it is you just can't live without -- whether it's woodworking, Renaissance fairs or fan fiction -- or, as in the case of David Lynch, coffee. If you have an obsession to share, drop us a line at email@example.com.
David Rees began collecting records in Boston in the 1990s. He would find them at thrift stores -- three for 99 cents. The author of "Get Your War On" and "How To Sharpen Pencils" took us on a visual tour of his trove of LPs. (He just got rid of about 150 records, and now has a respectable 300 in his collection, so no one can accuse him of being a horder.) Instead of amassing piles of albums, he's more interested in finding the dollar gems in the rough.
We found out the author and comedian is a big collector of odd instructional albums, from workout LPs to typing lessons. In a phone interview with The Huffington Post, Rees drily said, "I'd imagine working out wouldn't go so well if the record skips -- you might get caught jumping rope for hours."
Here's a sample of his vast and varied collection of vinyl oddities. Let us know about your record shopping finds in the comments section below.