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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

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2000s: What does it mean to be lonely and should you read this book if you are

  • ISBN: 978-1782111238
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people? When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Fascinated by the experience, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives – from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to David Wojnarowicz’s 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 deeply moving, The Lonely City is about the spaces between people and the things that draw them together, about sexuality, mortality and the magical possibilities of art. It’s 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.

Travel Guide

A city of a billion people can be the loneliest place on earth

“Imagine standing by a window at night, on the sixth or seventeenth or forty-third floor of a building. The city reveals itself as a set of cells, a hundred thousand windows sone darkened and some flooded with green or white or golden light. Inside strangers swim to and fro, attending to the business of their private hours. You can see them, but you can’t reach them, and so this commonplace urban phenomenon, available in any city of the world on any night, conveys to even the most social a tremor of loneliness, its uneasy combination of separation and exposure.”

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information:  The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Author/Guide: Olivia Laing Destination: New York Departure Time:2000s

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