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  • Guestbook: Ghost Stories
  • Leanne Shapton
  • 12 June 2019
  • 0525539077

Guestbook: Ghost Stories❮Read❯ ➵ Guestbook: Ghost Stories Author Leanne Shapton – Essayreview.co.uk In a new incarnation of an ancient form the ghost story an exploration of the earthly and sublime experience of existence In a new incarnation of an ancient form the ghost story an exploration of the earthly and sublime experience of existence.


About the Author: Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City She is the co founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of JL Books, an internationally distributed not for profit imprint specializing in art and photography books Shapton grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, and attended McGill Univesity and Pratt Institute After interning at SNL, Harper s Magazine Guestbook: Ghost Kindle - and for illustator James McMullan, she began her career at the National Post where she edited and art directed the daily Avenue page, an award winning double page feature covering news and cultural trends She went on to art direct Saturday Night, the National Post s weekly news magazine In , Shapton published her first book of drawings, titled Toronto From to Shapton contributed a regular travel column to Elle magazine, consisting of writing, photography and illustration From to , Shapton was the art director of The New York Times Op Ed page Leanne Shapton published Was She Prettyin November and Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry, in February , with Sarah Crichton Books Farrar, Straus Giroux She published The Native Trees of Canada with Drawn Quarterly in November Shapton recently contributed a regular column to T The New York Times Style Magazine s blog The Moment In She posted an illustrated series titled A Month Of to The New York Times opinion page website Currently Shapton contributes a food and culture column to Flare Magazine In Shapton published Swimming Studies with Blue Rider Press It won the National Book Critic s Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Sunday Night Movies, a book of paintings from movies, is forthcoming from Drawn Quarterly, fall Shapton is currently working on Women In Clothes, a collaboration with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits, about how women dress, with Blue Rider Press Source Leanne Shapton Bio.


10 thoughts on “Guestbook: Ghost Stories

  1. says:

    BOO this book had been on my radar ever since i d seen it pop up, prior to its release, on a few different horror focused book lists since i am always on the lookout for off kilter horror, i snatched it up the week it came out and was instantly struck by what a beautiful, thoughtfully designed book it is each story is offset, assisted, or composed entirely of the author s own photographs and artwork, and it looks gorgeous as far as its horror content, well, let s just say it is so off kilter t BOO this book had been on my radar ever since i d seen it pop up, prior to its release, on a few different horror focused book lists since i am always on the lookout for off kilter horror, i snatched it up the week it came out and was instantly struck by what a beautiful, thoughtfully designed book it is each story is offset, assisted, or composed entirely of the author s own photographs and artwork, and it looks gorgeous as far as its horror content, well, let s just say it is so off kilter that it may not be horror no one will ever be scared by this book unless a poltergeist knocks it off the bookshelf or hollows it out and fills the hollows with spiders etc although i ve been conditioned by books like Night Film and House of Leaves to associate floor plans and olde timey photographs with horror, stories composed only of these elements, which a fair number of these are, is not enough to goose my bumps although, what have these reindeer seen that is making them so tense to be fair, just because i was led to it following a trail of horror breadcrumbs, the book itself makes no such claims it identifies itself as a book of ghost stories, and it certainly is that haunt ing rather than haunt ed even those stories that areimage than text based evoke a particular moodiness, less horror than nostalgia, where the very nature of photographs as representations or manifestations of something a moment, a memory that no longer exists, makes them inherently ghostly so, in terms of ephemera as ghostiness, this book wins and some of them actually do read as horror stories a gentle horror where much is implicit or suggested, but it s there if you go looking my favorite story was SIRENA DE GALI, which is a perfect example of subtle horror it never announces itself but it is undeniably there, in the spooky subtext.this is definitely worth reading, but don t let those horror lists mismanage your expectations it s simply a beautiful book whose ghosts aren t trying to scare you or even trying too hard to get your attention in fact, i couldn t even locate them in some of these stories, which is identical to my experience with ghosts IRL, so i m not even ashamed of that fact tl dr BOO come to my blog

  2. says:

    I was home, visiting my parents for the weekend with my daughter, Alice My parents were happy to see her and gave Alice toys to play with that I d never seen before old dolls and plastic baskets When I asked where they had come from, my father said they had found them in the free area at the dump After lunch one day, as Alice played in the living room, my mother told me a ghost story. SinforosaSo, to begin with, which is thedisquieting idea in that passage above That your mother wa I was home, visiting my parents for the weekend with my daughter, Alice My parents were happy to see her and gave Alice toys to play with that I d never seen before old dolls and plastic baskets When I asked where they had come from, my father said they had found them in the free area at the dump After lunch one day, as Alice played in the living room, my mother told me a ghost story. SinforosaSo, to begin with, which is thedisquieting idea in that passage above That your mother wants to tell you a ghost story or that she chose some toys for your daughter from the trash Leanne Shapton has an impressive resume as an artist writer art director for well known publications, and she brings all of these talents to Guestbook Ghost Stories a sort of scrapbook of found photographs, original watercolours, and added prose that leave the reader with an uncanny sense of dread I suppose that the book s thirty three entries can be thought of as short stories , and they range from the very short Public Figure is a prose poem made out of the comments on an Instagram type star s unshown photo So beautiful I love That looks relly relaxing to longish Billy Byron charts the rise and fall of a tennis prodigy and the presence on the court that helps his game and destroys his mind, complete with many photos and drawings Some entries read like traditional ghost stories and some seem to suggest the things that haunt us in our modern lives In Natura Morta, another Instagram style entry, sixteen black and white photos of a woman from the Sixties and a woman from today is that Shapton herself are shown withoutcommentary than the number of likes each receive and it makes you wonder about the trajectory of photography and who took the photos of the woman from the past, in a time before every pose was meant to be widely shared stalker or lover, the male gaze haunts these photos She looked me in the eye and said, This is a true story We were at a dinner party, a casual one in someone s enormous, expensively fitted kitchen She had come alone, was recently divorced I d met her before, but we d never really spoken or found common ground I d always thought she was chilly, but when we were sat next to each other at dinner and got to talking about books and people we both knew, I realized her shyness was the blurry, foggy kind reserved, but not cold. AlcatrazIn every case, Shapton is telling stories and making art I had to fight an urge to scroll too quickly through the picture heavy entries, and taking these slowly proved particularly rewarding At the Foot of the Bed a series of pictures of beds, some from catalogues , A Geist posed pictures from celebrity high society parties all featuring the same man somewhere , and Sirena Da Gali an online catalogue of vintage dresses for sale each have many pictures, but also much small print to read and each of these entries becamesinister and uncanny as they stretched out In this interview from The Creative Independent, Shapton explains her inspiration and thought processes behind this book I especially appreciated the bits about multi channel storytelling and I thoroughly respect her ideas and their results Not your typical read, but all the better for that Note I read an ARC and passages quoted might not be in their final forms

  3. says:

    Leanne Shapton is one of those writers that just does her thing without caring about how it would be received by readers, and the world at large Maybe that s one of the reasons why I am a fan Her books are out of the ordinary for sure, and honestly not all that much as well, given the broader themes of emotions and social issues Even a collection of ghost stories is so much .This book is like any other Shapton book, that being unpredictable and out of the ordinary Some of the stories are Leanne Shapton is one of those writers that just does her thing without caring about how it would be received by readers, and the world at large Maybe that s one of the reasons why I am a fan Her books are out of the ordinary for sure, and honestly not all that much as well, given the broader themes of emotions and social issues Even a collection of ghost stories is so much .This book is like any other Shapton book, that being unpredictable and out of the ordinary Some of the stories are regular and some of them aren t so regular after all These hauntings could be of anything current relationships, past relationships, houses that are haunted, memories that are taken over and in possession each story haunting us as we go along life, andso in times such as these.From a tennis player who breaks down after every win you will know why when you read it to the different versions of how people viewed the iceberg that sank the Titanic there also is a story within the story , to pictures of the foot of beds and what stories come from there, each story is creepy, eerie, sometimes heartbreaking even, but mostly making you jump out of your skin just a little bit The book is also unusually and beautifully produced The stories are layered with photographs, drawings, floor plans, Instagram style portraits, and is about everyday incidents, observations, wordplay, and how time seems to be of essence or not Time passes in that sense and is at the crux as it should be for ghost stories All in all, please read Guestbook Ghost Stories to experience and read something different I cannot recommend it enough

  4. says:

    This was such a weird and interesting book that I admit that I didn t completely get The title, Guest Book appears in letters on the cover..but if you tilt the book slightly, you will see the letters Ghost Stories appear The book is written in a most unique manner It is told through a series of photographs, passages and other random methods Some of the book was so compelling and interesting, most of which revolved around the various photographs, some which gave me legitimate chills Other pa This was such a weird and interesting book that I admit that I didn t completely get The title, Guest Book appears in letters on the cover..but if you tilt the book slightly, you will see the letters Ghost Stories appear The book is written in a most unique manner It is told through a series of photographs, passages and other random methods Some of the book was so compelling and interesting, most of which revolved around the various photographs, some which gave me legitimate chills Other parts fell a bit flat for me I would give this 5 stars in some aspects and one star in others, so I settled in the middle

  5. says:

    5 out of 5 Surprisingly frightening, full of imagination stoking fragments or tales that light up the darker corners of your mind for just long enough to wonder if you re really alone there Some of thetraditional stories have their own strengths a tennis prodigy whose uncanny abilities are perhaps due to an imaginary friend who might not be so imaginary, a cellphone video one page ghost story but the real powerful stuff comes from Shapton s juxtaposition of photography and text, f 5 out of 5 Surprisingly frightening, full of imagination stoking fragments or tales that light up the darker corners of your mind for just long enough to wonder if you re really alone there Some of thetraditional stories have their own strengths a tennis prodigy whose uncanny abilities are perhaps due to an imaginary friend who might not be so imaginary, a cellphone video one page ghost story but the real powerful stuff comes from Shapton s juxtaposition of photography and text, from the ways in which the reader must project their own story onto the negative space therein Or maybe I m just the kind of reader who, when shown a grainy photograph of a room in an old house in a book subtitled ghost stories, wants there to be a bump in that particular night, and will immediately consider all the ways there could be one

  6. says:

    A haunting, shimmering treat Weighs heavy on the heart.

  7. says:

    Disclosure I won an advance reading copy of this title in a Goodreads giveaway The issue with museums as a novel loving person is that you rely on the captions Enjoyment is tempered by a lack of context I say this in the third person because I m confident I m not the only person with this problemGuest book Ghost storiesis for you if you can relate to this thoughtGuest book Ghost storiesis an unorthodox haunted house novel It s mainly pictures of abandoned rooms and house exterio Disclosure I won an advance reading copy of this title in a Goodreads giveaway The issue with museums as a novel loving person is that you rely on the captions Enjoyment is tempered by a lack of context I say this in the third person because I m confident I m not the only person with this problemGuest book Ghost storiesis for you if you can relate to this thoughtGuest book Ghost storiesis an unorthodox haunted house novel It s mainly pictures of abandoned rooms and house exteriors, but there are also some pictures of the spooked inhabitants too Some narratives arestraightforward main character with a story arc , and some are only told in picture captions Neither text nor picture is privileged over the other in any story Each exists to balance the other out and provide context This does not mean that anything is overexplained It s mysterious, but I still felt as though Shapton often addressed my naturally arising questions A unique lovely aspect of this is the reader s ability to set the pace Because of the placement of pictures and text in a liberal way sometimes left right, sometimes multiple images and captions on a page, sometimes image only , I felt encouraged to take my time and linger, and was never unduly bothered progress in the traditional manner.As artful, liberal, and experimental asGuest book Ghost storiesis, I still felt spooked in the traditional way Some pictures or captions literally had me writing AIEEEEEEE in the margins because of the chill it gave me How many times can one reader be spooked throughout by silhouettes, empty rooms, and a character s suspicion that some eerie presence is making itself known For me, the answer was an infinite amount of times

  8. says:

    this is a strange book parts of it reminded me of the house of leaves the ruminations on spaces houses being haunted or inhabited by supernatural entities forces the ghosts are not always normal ghosts, but ghosts of or created by the living failed relationships, loneliness, etc as it went on the book became eerierdream like there is a vignette within called sirena de gali , that i loved it s sort of like if the descriptions of clothes being sold on ebay or in antique stores w this is a strange book parts of it reminded me of the house of leaves the ruminations on spaces houses being haunted or inhabited by supernatural entities forces the ghosts are not always normal ghosts, but ghosts of or created by the living failed relationships, loneliness, etc as it went on the book became eerierdream like there is a vignette within called sirena de gali , that i loved it s sort of like if the descriptions of clothes being sold on ebay or in antique stores were written by their previous owners ghosts consciousness while wearing the items another vignette that i loved was simply called at the foot of the bed, where creepy looking catalog pictures of beds were shown the real creepiness hitting you once you read the notes section at the end of the vignette if you re looking for your standard bedsheet, dark figure ghost, don t worry there are some, and they are frightening o in this guest book everyone everything is allowed a ghost icebergs, dreams, quesadillas, 1960s style dresses a warning that there is animal killing mentioned in the story eqalussuaq that i found upsetting this is not even a review lol i just had still have a lot of thoughts about this book after finishing it today

  9. says:

    Leanne shapton a legend

  10. says:

    This is the weirdest book I ve ever encountered and I think I might have hallucinated the whole thing, including the fact that Martha Stewart told me to read it Couldn t put it down but maybe that was sleep paralysis in waking form An extra star for how the book smelled.

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