The Lonely City by Olivia Laing audiobook

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

By Olivia Laing
Read by Susan Lyons

Blackstone Publishing 9781250039576
9.92 Hours Unabridged
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An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring. 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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2016 Gordon Burn Prize Shortlist Selection 

A Newsweek Best Book of 2016

An Elle Magazine Pick of the Best Books of 2016 (So Far)

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick for 2016's Best Books

An NPR Best Book of 2016

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

A BookPage Top Pick for March 2016

A 2016 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Nonfiction Award Nominee

A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year Selection for Nonfiction

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An impressive and beguiling combination of autobiography and biography, a balancing act that Laing effortlessly performs.” Elle
“Every page of The Lonely City exudes a disarming, deep-down fondness for humanity.” Wall Street Journal
“A beautiful meander of a book.” New Yorker
“Laing…picks up the topic of painful urban isolation and sets it down in many smart and oddly consoling places. She makes the topic her own.” New York Times
“Reminding us of how it feels to be lonely, this book gently affirms our connectedness.” Boston Globe
“An uncommonly observant hybrid of memoir, history, and cultural criticism.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Her book succeeds in offering its readers a redemptive experience comparable to the one she’s describing…This triumphant book is in part an appeal for us to value the kind of loneliness that can be rendered, by the intimacy of art, both tolerable and shareable.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“[An] acute, nervy and personal investigation into urban solitude…A group biography all in one, which takes a difficult, almost taboo, subject and deftly turns it over anew.” New Statesman
“Laing joins the ever-growing pool of writers…who are transforming memoir into a daring and dynamic literary form of discovery.” Booklist (starred review)
“Laing creates a ‘map of loneliness,’ tracking its often-paradoxical contours in her own life as a transplant to New York City and traces how loneliness can inspire creativity…She invents new ways to consider how isolation plays into art or even the Internet (which turns her into an obsessed teenager, albeit one who calls the screen her ‘cathected silver lover’). For once, loneliness becomes a place worth lingering.” Publishers Weekly
“Absorbing melding of memoir, biography, art essay, and philosophical meditation…Illuminating, enriching.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Olivia Laing

Author Bio: Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. 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 Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize and The Lonely City won the Eccles British Library Writers Award and has been translated into fifteen languages. Her latest book is Crudo, a real-time novel about the turbulent summer of 2017. It was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2018, she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction. She lives in London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English