The publisher Bloomsbury Academic created the series Object Lessons, short essays about the object around us, focused on their history and their impact on our lives.
Among them, Phone Booth focuses on phone booths, on one hand on their history and evolution, deeply linked with the technological evolution of communication systems, on the other on the emotions the significance and emotions we associate them to.
Phone booths are about protection, isolation, places for confessions, as the author points out by providing also references to movies and novels.
Before reading this essay I did not think it could be possible to talk so much about such a simple object (and a nearly forgotten one), but this small, refined essay made me change my mind.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Phone Booth by Ariana Kelly ★★★☆☆½
*I read this book in English