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The Lonely City

Number of page: 336
Author: Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9781250039576
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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.

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  • 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
  • Barbara HoffertBarbara Hoffert
    The Year of the Runaways Finally, America gets to meet Sahota, one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013, recently short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. His new novel is especially relevant, as it concerns
  • Barbara HoffertBarbara Hoffert
    The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Laing opened her book career in 2014 with The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, which was short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize and won front-page coverage in the New York Times Book Review
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