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The lonely city: adventures in the art of being alone

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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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subject_facetArtists -- Psychology
City and town life -- Psychological aspects
Loneliness
title_displayThe lonely city : adventures in the art of being alone
title_fullThe Lonely City Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
The lonely city : adventures in the art of being alone / Olivia Laing
title_shortThe lonely city
title_subadventures in the art of being alone
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Artists
Biography & Autobiography
City and town life
History
Loneliness
Nonfiction
Psychological aspects
Psychology