The Lonely City

The Lonely City

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2016
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"You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. "The Lonely City" is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live if we're not intimately involved with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if our sexuality or physical body is considered deviant or damaged? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens? Olivia Laing explores these questions by traveling deep into the work and lives of some of the century's most original artists, among them Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger, and Klaus Nomi. Part memoir, part biography, part dazzling work of cultural criticism, "The Lonely City" is not just a map, but a celebration of the state of loneliness. It's a voyage out to a strange and sometimes lovely island, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but visited by many -- millions, say -- of souls." --Container.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] :, Blackstone Audio, Inc.,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 audio disc (10 hours) : digital, MP3 ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9781504738897
Branch Call Number: MP 700.1 Lai


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Sep 08, 2018

Olivia Laing came to my attention obliquely. The London Review Bookshop has two podcasts which are conversations between Laing and Ali Smith. They are old friends, as Laing is the cousin to Smith's long-time partner. Their conversations are smart and funny.

In this book, Laing relates her personal experiences of loneliness and not necessarily compares them to the creative lives of others, such as Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas, Henry Darger, Klaus Nomi and others. She also writes about the times in which they lived, which are so different from the loneliness we face today.

Her writing is thoughtful and inclusive. A brilliant book. Am looking forward to Crudo!

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