The Lonely City Pdf

The Lonely City

Number of page: 336
Author: Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9781250039576
Category: Biography & Autobiography

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring 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
Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens
When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, 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 the depredations of the AIDS crisis – 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.

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About The Author

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. Her first book, To the River, was published by Canongate in the U.K. to wide acclaim and shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. She has been the deputy books editor of the Observer, and writes for The Guardian, New Statesman, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. She is a MacDowell Fellow, and has received grants from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation. Her critically acclaimed book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, is published by Picador. She lives in Cambridge, England.


  • A Google UserA Google User
    Review: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone In her previous book, THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING, Olivia Laing traced the lives and works of six American authors of the 20th century, all of whom were heavy drinkers all while interrogating her own history with alcohol. In her new work, THE LONELY CITY, Laing again constructs a fascinating blend of personal history, biography and cultural criticism, this time exploring the concept of loneliness in
  • A Google UserA Google User
    The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone The lonely city of the title is teeming with painters, filmmakers, writers, and thinkers. In her new book, Laing (The Trip to Echo Spring) creates a “map of loneliness,” tracking its often-paradoxical contours in her own life as a transplant to New York City and traces how loneliness can inspire creativity. The central figures of the book—Henry Darger, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David
  • mahallettmahallett
    LibraryThing Review a strange book. very interesting about andy warhol. the book was mostly about gay men. does she want a sex change so she can have sex with gay men?
  • encephalicalencephalical
    LibraryThing Review Documentary parts are great. Criticism was less engaging.
  • bkineticbkinetic
    LibraryThing Review I had to give this low marks based on the author’s poor research on B.F. Skinner. Laing claims that Skinner believed that babies should be raised in boxes to keep them away from “the contaminating
  • JaredOrlandoJaredOrlando
    LibraryThing Review As the title implies, this is a book for the lonely, for those trying to understand, and empathize with, those who feel, or seem, isolated and alone. As Laing weaves her narrative around artists and
  • knightlight777knightlight777
    LibraryThing Review Wasn’t quite sure what to make of this book. The subject matter was certainly interesting. Who hasn’t throughout their lives experienced the pain of loneliness. In one form or other to varying degrees
  • bogopeabogopea
    LibraryThing Review A disappointing read as it was not what I expected it to be. It is a “biography, memoir and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists” who were
  • Jane DoeJane Doe
    THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone A British journalist and cultural critic investigates how loneliness shapes art. When she first came to Manhattan, in her 30s, Laing (The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, 2013, etc
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