Ten Beautiful (Queer) Books About Cities by Olivia Laing
18th May 2016
These were the wild books I was reading while I was working on The Lonely City: the books I turned to for guidance or for mood, to conjure up the New York of the past century, the seedy, squalid, beautiful city. These were the books that reported on loss and death and danger, that told me about sex and connection, about art and love amidst the ruins. And these are the books that helped medicate my own loneliness, that taught me isolation is never not political.