The Loneliest Man in Missouri & Other Books

Posted in Books by akacocolopez on December 26, 2010

I absolutely fell in love with the catalog for Alec Soth’s exhibit From Here to There at the Walker Art Center. I didn’t have a chance to see the exhibit and this nugget of his work will have to keep me satisfied. It is not the catalog that truly captivated me, but the artist’s book included within it. The Loneliest Man In Missouri is quiet in its simple approach yet begs to be flipped through repeatedly until the melancholy of the men within its pages may somehow be penetrated. The book is based on a photo essay which searches for the most ordinary person in the middle of America that Soth could find. It may only be an experiment in storytelling but it says more about his work than any catalog essay written by someone who knows everything about everything ever could.

My last book picks for 2010 after the jump…

Pataphysics, Jean Baudrillard

Point Omega, Don DeLillo

Our Lady of the Flowers, Jean Genet

Faust, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Just Kids, Patti Smith

The Evolution of a Crazy Artist, Sophie Crumb

King Kong Theory, Virginie Despentes

An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings, George Quasha & Charles Stein

The Principles of Uncertainty, Maira Kalman

The Foundation Pit, Andrey Platonov


Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular, Andrew Perchuk & Rani Singh


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