Olivia Laing in conversation with Laura Miller
March 15, 2016, 7:00 PM
You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The Lonely City is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass. Olivia Laing's new book is an expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of several iconic artists: Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger, Alfred Hitchcock, Valerie Solanas, Nan Goldin, Klaus Nomi, Peter Hujar, Billie Holiday, Zoe Leonard, and Jean Michel Basquiat. In conversation with Laura Miller.