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.
Lonely City, The PB
Author: Olivia Laing
Published: March 2,2017
I kept saying to myself, "Oh well, I'll do some music this weekend", and then I wouldn't, I'd be too tired and I'd say, "Oh, I'll do it next weekend", and then I wouldn't do it, so I just gave it up after a while. It was exactly what I knew a job would be like - not horrible enough to make you want to get out, just well paying enough to make you comfortable and to keep putting things off. Brian Eno as quoted in David Sheppard's 'On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno