The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing 1250118034 9781250118035
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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism

#1 Book of the Year from Brain Pickings

Named a best book of the year by NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar, Marie Claire, Elle, Publishers Weekly, and Lit Hub

A dazzling work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring.

When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her midthirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by the most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving from Edward Hoppers Nighthawks to Andy Warhols Time Capsules, from Henry Dargers hoarding to David Wojnarowiczs AIDS activism, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.

Humane, provocative, and moving, The Lonely City is a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.

Author: Olivia Laing

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2017-06-06


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