The Lonely City

The Lonely City

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Book - 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 travelling 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"--
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250039576
Branch Call Number: Arts 700.922 Lai


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Living in the big city may not always be as exhilarating and full of friends as you had imagined. Don't worry; you're not alone.

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Feb 09, 2017

Olivia Laing's writing is exquisite.
Seriously blinding, a diamond of words,
She connects her own loneliness with disturbingly isolated artists, of the outlier variety.
It's one of those works you keep wanting to underline,even if the book doesn't belong to you.
Her insight is almost psychoanalytical.

Oct 04, 2016

Please can we have a hard copy of this book?

Cynthia_N Aug 27, 2016

Initially I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting to hear of the author's adventures through art but instead I got the author exploring loneliness through the lives of artists who lived in NYC. Once I accepted the book as it was, I found I enjoyed hearing about the lives of the artists she chose. It was quite interesting!

Jul 29, 2016

A VERY interesting and original book! Well worth a read.

Jul 13, 2016

Rougher than I thought it would be. Wanted to hear more about the author's experiences and less about the artists she profiled, many of whom suffered in uncomfortable and unfortunate ways that didn't necessarily seem to be about loneliness.

stewaroby Jul 06, 2016

Truly fascinating; a joy to read such a great writer.

May 18, 2016

This book is a masterpiece. If you are an analyzer of the human condition this book is one of those that will give you fodder to chew on for weeks. Beautifully written, with a great depth of insight into the feeling of loneliness. SO SO good. I'm indebted to authors that can dissect life and write prose this exacting.


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