The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

ISBN9781250118035
PublisherMPS (formerly Von Holtzbrinck Publishing)
PublishedJune 6, 2017
Pages336
AuthorOlivia Laing
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.6 in.
Depth0.9 in.

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing

PAPERBACK

June 6, 2017

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 SugarMarie ClaireElle, 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 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 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.

Buy The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

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ISBN9781250118035
PublisherMPS (formerly Von Holtzbrinck Publishing)
PublishedJune 6, 2017
Pages336
AuthorOlivia Laing
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.6 in.
Depth0.9 in.

Synopsis

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 SugarMarie ClaireElle, 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 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 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.

Buy The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the finest writers of the new non-fiction...compelling and original."

– Harper's Bazaar

"This book serves as both provocation and comfort, a secular prayer for those who are alone―meaning all of us."

– The New York Times Book Review

"An extraordinary more-than-memoir; a sort of memoir-plus-plus, partway between Helen MacDonald's H Is for Hawk and the diary of Virginia Woolf."

– Maria Popova, Brain Pickings