SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 GORDON BURN PRIZE CHOSEN AS 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' BY Observer Guardian Telegraph Irish Times New Statesman Times Literary Supplement Herald When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between the works and lives of some of the city's most compelling artists, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.
'He [R. Buckminster Fuller] decided that he wanted to be an average individual who could apply himself to anything in the world. He could be brought into any situation and he could have something to contribute... The comprehensivist is an anti-specialist idea that he was trying to pick up on, and he said that it's because nature isn't about specialisation. When specialisation is dominant things don't work anymore. Extinction is the extreme outcome of specialisation'. Gavin Wade from 'upcycle this book: 26 texts by Gavin Wade & friends