Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris Including Books Street Fashion and Jewelry Auction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person their passions and vanities peccadilloes and aesthetics their flush years and lean Think of the collections of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Truman Ca

  • Title: Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry
  • Author: Leanne Shapton
  • ISBN: 9780374175306
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • Auction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person their passions and vanities, peccadilloes and aesthetics their flush years and lean Think of the collections of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Truman Capote, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor In Leanne Shapton s marvelously inventive and invented auction catalog, the 325 lots up for auction are what remain from the relatioAuction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person their passions and vanities, peccadilloes and aesthetics their flush years and lean Think of the collections of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Truman Capote, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor In Leanne Shapton s marvelously inventive and invented auction catalog, the 325 lots up for auction are what remain from the relationship between Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris who aren t real people, but might as well be Through photographs of the couple s personal effects the usual auction items jewelry, fine art, and rare furniture and the seemingly worthless pajamas, Post it notes, worn paperbacks the story of a failed love affair vividly and cleverly emerges From first meeting to final separation, the progress and rituals of intimacy are revealed through the couple s accumulated relics and memorabilia And a love story, in all its tenderness and struggle, emerges from the evidence that has been left behind, laid out for us to appraise and appreciate In an earlier work, Was She Pretty , Shapton, a talented artist and illustrator, subtly explored the seemingly simple yet powerfully complicated nature of sexual jealousy In Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris a very different yet equally original book she invites us to contemplate what is truly valuable, and to consider the art we make of our private lives.

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    1. The novel tells the story of a four year failed relationship between the eponymous Lenore (a epicurean columnist specialising in cakes) and Harold (a photographer whose work has him constantly travelling the globe), rendered in the form of an auction catalogue with photographs of almost all the items up for sale accompanied by brief notations. I saw this in a art/design shop and immediately snapped it up. I’m a sucker for strange books, for experiments in style and different ways of storytelli [...]

    2. A fairly ordinary relationship arc, elevated to interest purely through unique presentation, its mapping entirely onto things: collections, gifts, ephemera. Through an auction catalogue of discarded possessions -- items and desciptions -- we see the entire development of the mutual life of two people, from meeting to breakup. How much do our possessions really us? Some things not others. The inclusion of personal notes allows insight beyond just likes and dislikes (maybe a little bit of a stretc [...]

    3. smart book. interesting to see a relationship rise and fall through the belongings of the individuals. on one level, i was kinda hoping for more, i don't know, clues (?) in the belongings. like an AHA! moment (where an object could possibly explain why something was happening), and possibly there was (lots of song lyrics are referred to i was unfamiliar with), but perhaps i missed them. or else, if there weren't clues, that could prove to be interesting as well, where when all is said and done, [...]

    4. I want to write to this author right now and tell her "Thank you for blowing my mind." This book is truly like nothing else I’ve ever read, which is the greatest experience in the world for a librarian. It’s a book of photographs with text, meant to look like an auction catalog of artifacts. Every item is identified and described as if it were going up for auction, with a price--everything from salt and pepper shakers stolen from restaurants to pieces of clothing to books to post cards to Po [...]

    5. I was instantly in love with the concept behind this. And it was more more complex than her earlier book, which I also really enjoyed. Overall, really well executed. They seemed like the sort of people who really would end up together, and really wouldn't work out. (I did keep wondering whether their incompatibility would have been so obvious if we weren't told at the very beginning that it failed.) She did clearly have a mysterious supplemental income, or a nasty credit card habit, but that's s [...]

    6. No it's true that the story as such doesn't really hold up or hold it together (it's pointed out in other reviews) but that is beside the point. It is a very clever idea,almost like s character study before writing a movie script, but I've poured over the pages of this,checked every lot, made a little "wheee" sound when I notice that TOTALLY FICTIVE characters have the same books that I do. These made up people really has the best taste in everything. I became very invested,very quickly. Could b [...]

    7. You’ve (almost certainly) never heard of the movie “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” so let me elucidate: it’s a gory horror musical, the magnum opus of the director of the first four “Saw” flicks, set in a near-future dystopia where designer organs are available on the installment plan—but if you don’t make your payments on time, the repo man (played by Anthony Stewart Head of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and 80s Taster’s-Choice-commercial fame) comes a-callin’, to extricate the [...]

    8. A love story told in pictures, as an auction catalog. Leanne Shapton shows the evolution and the downfall of a relationship through the pictures of the objects and memorabilia that two people have exchanged, used or given each other in the course of four years: the ticket stubs, the books, love notes and messages scribbled on scraps of paper, stuff they bought to furnish their apartment together. Totally brilliant. Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? stars as the female love interest [...]

    9. I denna experimentella bok finns hela Lenores och Harolds gemensamma liv på auktion. Målade påskägg, $10-20. Trivial pursuit, $20-25. (Att de här ska ha använts som ngn slags konversationssubstitut av paret under deras "morning and evening ablutions" tycker jag är obehagligt.) De gjorde förstås slut till slut, det är därför sakerna auktioneras ut, antar jag? Kanske var det här som Jonna "Marcus Birros exfru" Vanhatalo fick idén att sälja deras bröllopstavla på blocket?Hursom, pa [...]

    10. Illustrator and photographer Leanne Shaptonhas created a highly original and beautiful work of art with Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, a literary "auction" book detailing the four-year relationship of the people in question.20-something Lenore Doolan is a cake-column writer for The New York Times, whereas Harold Morris is a freelance photographer in his 40s. Important Artifacts, et al. is a story told completely in pictures of th [...]

    11. This was a really clever idea--using an auction catalog format to tell the story of a relationship--and the execution was just as clever as the idea which is a real coup. I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of the objects, but I loved that they were mostly just ordinary objects like playbills and polaroids. The story really comes through and it's fun to think of the catalog/relationship as a living thing (the "item removed" designations near the end). At first it made me feel like my relations [...]

    12. this is a very clever book takes the form of an auction catalogue which instead of listing paintings by Van Gogh or El Greco simply lists the mundane possessions that are left over after the break up of a relationship between a globe trotting adevertising photographer and a woman who writes about cakes for the New York Times .The objects ramge from socks to post it notes and the reader is able to trace the arc from heady first days through make ups and break ups , arguments , misunderstandings [...]

    13. Loved the concept that the story of a couple was told through an auction catalog of their possessions documenting their relationship, like gifts, clothes, photographs, postcards, and mixed CDs. But it came up short on execution. The descriptions only give a glimpse into their story and hinted at the problems they had. Even then, it felt too one-sided from Lenore's perspective. And there was something that seemed pretentious and unrealistic about this retro-vintage-cool couple. An epicurean colum [...]

    14. This book presents such a unique way of telling a story. It's very relatable and understated. It is mysterious but purposeful and eloquent. It makes me imagine the artifacts that each of us creates and the pieces of our stories that they tell. The overall tone is kind of somber and detached since we mostly see objects that had once belonged to the two main characters. It is also sweet and intimate because it shows small and very human details, like a series of t-shirts or a list of foods eaten w [...]

    15. This is an interesting way to complile a love story. Factual yet voyeuristic.weirdo much selfiefacts.I would never agree to showing the public my private love letters, momentoes,and clothing that are based on a failed romance.So vane, I would much prefer an old Harlequin romance. It must be a generation gap, I dont get it.

    16. I thank my friend Iris for introducing this wonderfully creative and unique book to me. I absolutely got lost in it, and I couldn't wait until the end of the work day to become a voyeur into a romance of two other people.A delightful book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a creative way to read about a couple's journey together.

    17. This is a novel disguised as an auction catalog. And that's a great idea, but the actual hipsters-in-love plot is a little dull. Also, I suspect it did not sell very well, since the title is just about impossible to remember (for me, at least).

    18. The absolute most perfect book in the world for me. Don't read it, seriously, I plan to give this book as a gift. Don't read it! But read it. If you are exactly like me and love:CakesFound MagazineBeautiful ObjectsDoomed relationshipsVoyeurismArchives

    19. Fantastický způsob, jak odvyprávět milostný příběh: ne slovy, ale pomocí předmětů z fiktivní aukce. Opravdu moc pěkně vypravená kniha.

    20. This was a refreshing read. I really had to slow down and think about the each lot and it related to the relationship.

    21. Un livre inusité dans sa façon de raconter une histoire d'amour entre un homme et une femme.Présenté sous la forme d'un catalogue pour une vente aux enchères, ce livre nous entraîne dans les dédales des objets qui restent de cette relation maintenant évaporée (qui forment un genre de précipité d'une solution, si on veut). Des petits objets achetés dans une vente de garage aux déclarations d'amour sur des programmes de théâtre, des photos aux listes d'épicerie trouvées dans les p [...]

    22. Brilliantly conceived and gorgeously wrought. Even though the gambit of auction-catalog-as-novel would seem to render plot and characterization minimal, these characters and their story stuck with me long after closing the book. I found myself haunted by the echoes of this dissolved relationship despite really only knowing it through the couple's discarded possessions. Shapton has conceived of a truly experimental approach here, and in this case, the experiment worked brilliantly.

    23. Wow. Wow wow wow wow. I love this god damn book. Any time that wasn't spend reading it was spent googling Shapton/reading interviews with her/feeling an immense, petty jealousy over the fact that I don't have her mind (or her life).

    24. Who would have thought that a catalogue with items from two people can be such a strong, loving and heartbroken story? This picture book is so simple, yet so complex at the same time.Just beautiful. Would definitely recommend it.

    25. Thoughtful and sweet. I wanted her to break with him much earlier but he had some pretty thoughtful gifts and words for her.Plus I love a book I can start at 10pm and finish in the train in the way in the work the next morning.

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