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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Paperback - 06 June 2017
ISBN-13 : 9781250118035
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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.

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1 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 15 August 2018
Would you stay if someone dumps you in a foreign city? well now I will stay
By: A. Budi

Beautifully written and thoughtful exploration of what it means to be lonely among a crowd. To be the opposite of the opposite of loneliness. Truly its autobiographical, but also meditative and in a way creepy. It’s like we are treated to a voyeuristic show of someone being so sad and lonely all the time.

Olivia is an insightful and empathic writer. And she is being dumped in NYC after moving from England. What happens next? Of course, we will get the millennial equivalent of HDT’s Walden, only in a metropolitan city. But although the setting is different, we sort of see the same outcome: alienation and acceptance into new surroundings.

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