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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (2016 original; edició 2017)

de Olivia Laing (Autor)

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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"--… (més)
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Títol:The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Autors:Olivia Laing (Autor)
Informació:Canongate Books (2017), Edition: Main, 336 pages
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Did you know Florence of Florence and the Machine has been a co-host of a Book Club called Between Two Books for six years? I didn't either until @DivineDiana mentioned it on Litsy. The Lonely City is the book they're either reading or recently finished.

Lonely City consisted mainly of lengthy biographies of lonely people in New York, such as Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, etc. That’s all well and fine if you’re not a biography-reader in general. You learn a lot about these individuals. However, if you’re like me, you just want enough information to make you say “Ooo I need to add that person’s biography / memoir to my list!” You don’t want to know every interesting detail before you even crack open the official biography. Know what I mean? So I felt this book gave way too much information. I wanted to know more about the author, Olivia Laing, and her experiences. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
This book is even more timely than when it was published in 2016, when we were already realizing the ironic loneliness of our intensely connected world. With content about masks, plagues and homelessness, The Lonely City is an even more fitting exploration of our society of 2021 amidst the current pandemic. Laing explored the topic of loneliness during a period of living alone in a series of sublet apartments in New York City. She found that several artists, including Warhol and Hopper, had relevant stories to help us understand. Laing is a capable writer and seems to bring out the most interesting ideas from her deep, first-hand exploration. ( )
  jpsnow | Oct 21, 2020 |
I sincerely wanted to like this book more than I did. The author proposes to explore the depths of loneliness, but she only did to an extent. For most of the book, she uses loneliness as a segue into biographies of New York City artists. While some of those stories are interesting (especially the story of Henry Darger), these narratives didn't shed that much light back on the book's theme. Yes, they were people influenced by loneliness, but not in a way that took me deeply into it. ( )
  mitchtroutman | Jun 14, 2020 |
Beautifully written. Explores lonliness in art, the artist, and ourselves. Stigma and shame. Exposure of our isolation, leading to shame, and long term lonliness leading to negativity and bitterness. The modern technology filled world shows us that contact and intimacy are not the same thing. ( )
  aezull | Apr 10, 2020 |
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing is an investigation of loneliness in a city of eight and a half million people. Laing is a columnist for frieze and write for the Guardian, New Statesman, Observer, and New York Times. Her previous books are To the River and The Trip to Echo Spring

The Lonely City opens with a discussion of loneliness and the idea that you can be lonely anywhere but there is a special sense of loneliness when one is surrounded by millions of people in an urban environment. Laing then examines different artists lives and their struggle with loneliness. Perhaps the idea of being lonely in NYC is magnified greatly when you are famous. Laing describes the what it was like for someone like Andy Warhol to be surrounded by people and ultimately remain lonely. David Wojnarowicz and AIDS, Billie Holiday and "Strange Fruit", Henry Darger and being a recluse, Klaus Sperber and AIDS and general eccentricness, and, of course, the internet (and technology) creating millions of friends you do not know.

The chapter that really reached out and grabbed me, though, was the one on Edward Hopper. The name may not ring a bell at first but his painting of a diner scene is known by all.



The couple who are together but alone a single customer and a single worker. The streets are empty and the sense is one of profound loneliness and perhaps being trapped in the dim drab that surrounds the scene. Notice there is no door to the diner. Looking through Hopper’s other paintings there are people alone in their environment or even when they have another human being in the scene there is an awkward tension, almost trying to regain privacy. Loneliness is a feeling and like most feelings are hard, if not impossible to describe with words. A look at any number of Hopper’s paintings and one will see what loneliness is and relate to that feeling.

I read this book on a flight to California, crammed in a middle seat of a fully booked 737 and it was a fitting book for the flight. Crammed in a mass of humanity, not knowing anyone, and perhaps just as importantly not wanting to know the two people invading my personal space. I dove into my Kindle. The man on my left watched a movie on his tablet and the man on my right kept opening and closing a book grumbling about wanting a cigarette. A very good read about social interaction and the avoidance of it. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
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This daring and seductive book — ostensibly about four artists, but actually about the universal struggle to be known — raises sophisticated questions about the experience of loneliness, a state that in a crowded city provides an “uneasy combination of separation and exposure.”
afegit per pbirch01 | editaNew York Times, Ada Calhoun (Mar 19, 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"--

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