House of Coates (2020)

House of Coates An exquisitely haunting melancholic treasure of a book about people who drop out and populate tiny towns and rural communities and the longing and loneliness of the human condition Judy Natal Photo
  • Title: House of Coates
  • Author: Brad Zellar Lester B. Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780983999010
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Spiral-bound
  • An exquisitely haunting, melancholic treasure of a book about people who drop out and populate tiny towns and rural communities, and the longing and loneliness of the human condition Judy Natal, Photo Eye As Brad Zellar so vividly illustrates in his new limited edition collaboration with photographer Alec Soth, House Of Coates, broken men have always been with us, hau An exquisitely haunting, melancholic treasure of a book about people who drop out and populate tiny towns and rural communities, and the longing and loneliness of the human condition Judy Natal, Photo Eye As Brad Zellar so vividly illustrates in his new limited edition collaboration with photographer Alec Soth, House Of Coates, broken men have always been with us, haunting us, providing a mirror Society may label them bums, homeless, or pariahs, but Zellar s empathetic writing allows the reader to get inside one broken man, and therefore all Jim Walsh, MinnPostWashed up in the shadow of a refinery, Lester B Morrison, legendary recluse, documents his life in a series of photographs taken with a disposable camera In a landscape of off ramps, warehouses, and SRO hotels occupied by terminally lonely men, love and faith break in, quietly offering human connection and the possibility of redemption.Brad Zellar has worked as a writer and editor for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as for both regional and national magazines He is the author of Suburban World The Norling Photos, The 1968 Project, Conductors of the Moving World, and House of Coates.Alec Soth is a photographer whose first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 Since then Soth has published over a dozen books including Niagara 2006 , Dog Days, Bogot 2007 , The Last Days of W 2008 , and Broken Manual 2010 Soth s work has been exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland.
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    One Reply to “House of Coates”

    1. The desolate photos added to this sketch of a character, but overall the book left me cool Aside from the presentation, the story didn t feel unique or particular I felt sympathy for Lester, the broken man, but didn t have anything invested in the story Perhaps it would have been successful if the general sections of text had taken a different approach I don t know, maybe philosophical, or using the cool approach of social science and statistics, or anecdotal e.g with lists of hermit like hid [...]

    2. Lies become myths.I feel broken sometimes so it was nice to read about someone who IS broken I grew up 10 minutes north of this place in suburbia A stark contrast but still the refinery was a part of my landscape.There are some beautiful sentences and photos in this book I think I could argue that it is the first Midwestern Gothic story that I ve read.The last 10 pages or so included a secondary story that I think was the best part of the book but it wouldn t have been anything without the first [...]

    3. The world is one sprawling racket of collaboration, and there are those who don t carry the collaboration gene Sometimes a book winds up on the hold shelf for me and I do not remember why It is an interesting, fast read, a story that conveys loneliness and sadness through words punctuated with frequent lonely and sad pictures Like I said, interesting, but not something that I really enjoyed reading.

    4. As I get older I really appreciate authors that can communicate so much with so little Maybe I am just losing my patience for wordy, complex stories, but House of Coates loses nothing for its brevity It was a small, wintry treasure that captured an often ignored part of life in the upper Midwest The story was lonely, and cold, but it ended with a sense of contentment, if not hope, and hell, it only took a day to read.

    5. A strange, melancholy and somewhat hopeful book I would have liked a little resolution to the story maybe I m missing something but the prose is excellent and the use of pictures to help tell the story was a neat and compelling touch The story is almost as elusive as its protagonist but was worth the read.

    6. A mad person not helped out of his trouble by anything real begins to trust what is not real because it helps him and he needs it because real things continue not to help him Lydia Davis, quoted in House of Coates

    7. Having grown up in Southern Mn I am very familiar with the area where the book is set I found the text photos to be hauntingly beautiful It opened up my awareness of lost men whose lives I really had never much considered.

    8. Sad and haunting A quick read, with pictures that really capture this area of Minnesota I think we all know someone like Lester B Morrison Maybe next time, I will give them of my time.

    9. I liked it, but yet felt like I was missing something The pictures were haunting and gave me weird dreams, too Overall, a thought provoking read.

    10. Would rate as 3.75, as I m not particularly interested in Sad Men and Women With Savior Complexes, but the format is intriguing and that s enough for me Good mood book.

    11. so some guys drove down 52 in the winter and thought they understood the area, but they don t isolation they get, but this is a very wintry book where all they can see is the Valley of Ashes etc.

    12. This book is short, strange, and slightly melancholy It s almost just as much about the pictures as it is the words.Definitely an experience, this is one of the oddest books I ve ever read.

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