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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Hardback)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 GORDON BURN PRIZE CHOSEN AS 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' 2016 BY Observer Guardian Telegraph New Statesman Times Literary Supplement 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? When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Fascinated by the experience, 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 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 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.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryBiographyMemoirsEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologySocial, group or collective psychology Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 03/03/2016 ISBN-13: 9781782111238  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. Her work appears in numerous publications, including the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Frieze and New York Times. She's a Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow and was 2014 Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library. Her first book, To the River, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. The Trip to Echo Spring was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award and the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize. She lives in Cambridge.

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I did enjoy reading this book. The author was very candid about her experiences and managed to convey other people's feelings quite well.

- 22/04/2016
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Midway through Amy Liptrot's beautiful memoir, she explains that atmospheric turbulence around the earth disturbs a star's travelling light, making it appear to twinkle. And there's something of that light - travelling far, struggling to reach us - that runs deeply through The Outrun. Gradually coming to terms with her alcoholism, against the backdrop of the stormy and rugged Orkneys, Amy Liptrot begins to slowly and kindly carve out a space for herself. This is moving and gorgeous, full of poise and elegance - you must read it.

Drew, Buying Team

 

 

See loneliness through the eyes of Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol and the amazing Olivia Laing. Discover how art can be inspired by loneliness and also that being lonely is not a disease: you are not along in being lonely.

Matt, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/05/2016

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