Phone Booth (Object Lessons)

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. The phone booth exists as a memory to those over thirty, and as a strange, curious, and dysfunctional occupier of public space for those under thirty. This book approaches the phone booth as an entity that, in its myriad manifestations in different parts of the world, embodies a cluster of attitudes concerning privacy, freedom, power, sanctuary, and communication. Playing off of varied surfaces—literature, film, personal narrative, philosophy, and religion—Phone Booth looks at the place of an object on the cusp of obsolescence.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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ISBN-13: 9781628924091
ISBN-10: 1628924098
Pagini: 160
Ilustrații: 23 b&w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.15 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Object Lessons

Locul publicării: New York, United States


Uses phone booths, an object that is almost obsolescent yet still very much present, to explore our fast-changing relationship with technology

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Ariana Kelly is a freelance writer and educator. She teaches English literature and comparative religion at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California, USA, and has written for, among other publications, The L.A. Review of Books and Salon.


1. Disconnected 2. Hermit’s Hut 3. Our Speed 4. The Phantom Phone Booth 5. Say Anything 6. Fortress of Solitude 7. Significant Portals 8. A Fine and Private Place 9. Glass Case of Emotion 10. The God Booth 11. Only Connect Acknowledgements NotesIndex


In this delightful set of mini-essays, Ariana Kelly has created a paen, rather than an elegy, in celebration of the many dimensions of the vanishing phone booth. Her text gleans images and sensations from our collective memory of the once (if briefly) ubiquitous structure. Site of superhero transformations, crimes, communications, quick changes, and other coins of the social realm, the phone booth and the kiosk served as small theaters of intimate activity in full view of the public eye, a curious combination of enclosed and exposed space. She shifts scale from the minutiae of physical observation—hanging wires and scratched glass—to the larger cultural issues of communication and longing, mixing personal experience with historical, literary, and film references throughout.
Fascinated and attuned, I was cabled into Phone Booth. Ariana Kelly replenishes the work on speculative telephony in an altogether compelling way.
[Phone Booth] inclines us towards nostalgia, toward urgent questions of what remains when objects disappear, of re-use, and shelter. If phone booths today have receded into the interstices of our built worlds. then that freeing of the object from its use enables Arianna Kelly to tell a different story, a story about what these telephonic leftovers might become, what they now are and what they anchor.