The Lonely City
by Olivia Laing
Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar, Marie Claire, Elle, Publisher’s Weekly, and Lit Hub. When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by the most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to David Wojnarowicz’s AIDS activism, 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.
This discussion will be held upstairs in the library.