The Lonely City

A meandering, heartfelt exploration of loneliness, Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City is part memoir, part philosophising, part art history.  Subtitled “Adventures in the art of being alone”, Laing uses an astutely lonely period of her life as a springboard to understand more.  Searching for connection or camaraderie, she seeks out artists and thinkers to have also dealt with this beast, moving between the works and lives of some of New York City’s most compelling artists.

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