The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Feeling broken and alone in New York, Olivia Laing was drawn to artists who had experienced loneliness themselves. By studying their art, she finds what’s lurking behind their isolation and asks, what can loneliness tell us?
By learning about these artists’ stories, Laing explores how marginalisation, gentrification, and our reliance on technology contribute to a loss of connection. She shows how loneliness manifests in a city, and how it‘s overcome by creative living.
I loved, loved, loved this book! It’s well-researched, thought-provoking, and meditative. The way these artists navigated New York, a sometimes lonely (sometimes not) city, is fascinating. Highly recommend to anyone who’s interested in art’s restorative power, city living or loneliness.