by Leanne Shapton

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

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I got pulled into this book while browsing at the Clare Vivier store in Silver Lake last week. “Important Artifacts” is a story of a relationship told through objects in the style of an auction catalog.

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The couple is fictional but seem real. Lenore Doolan writes a food column for the New York Times and Harold Morris travels a lot as a photographer.

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Their story is told through handwritten love letters, notes of apology, notes written back and forth on playbills, mix cds, Valentine’s Day dinner menus, and the objects aquired over the course of their relationship.

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Highlights include antique pineapple salt and pepper shakers, an Oscar the Grouch mug, photos of beef jerky, a DVD of a movie starring Rick Moranis, a framed photo of Bjork, a group of knitted foods, and a taxidermied squirrel.

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You gain such a unique perspective on people from snooping through their things. This book is so thoughtful and offers an engaging peek into someone else’s world.

The book is available here and you can see more of the author’s lovely work here.

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