Saturday, 27 May 2017
Our Book of the Week this week is Olivia Laing's The Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone. Olivia Laing not only describes her often-late-night walks across New York, but, more especially, her journeys through a state of mind. Wandering through art, literature, politics and activism, Laing gives us an insightful picture of the conflicting impulses of immersion and disjuncture the beset us all.
>> "How art helped me see the beauty in loneliness."
>> "What is so shameful about having failed to achieve satisfaction, about experiencing unhappiness?"
>> Olivia Laing's playlist for The Lonely City.
>> An interview with the author.
>> Some statistics about self-perceived loneliness in New Zealand.
>> More than one million lonely New Zealanders.
>> Laing's previous book: The Trip to Echo Spring: On writers and drinking.