The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Category: Book
By (author): Laing, Olivia
Subject:  ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
  NON-FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 8.53in x 8.30in x 1.06in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*Praise for The Trip to Echo Spring "Most beguiling and incisive."- The New York Times "[A] charming and gusto-driven look at the alcoholic insanity of six famous writers… There is much to learn from Laing's supple scholarship-and much to enjoy, too."-Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review "Exquisite… Laing, wisely, doesn't reach any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle . . . A marvelous writer."-Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
Biographical NoteOLIVIA LAING 's first book, To the River, was published 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 Granta, among other publications. She is a MacDowell and Yaddo Fellow, and the 2014 Writer in Residence at the British Library. Her latest critically acclaimed book, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, is also published by Picador.