By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The artwork of Travel comes a wittily interesting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the creative heart of our civilization.
Given remarkable entry to at least one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton stumbled on it to be a exhibit for lots of of the main crosscurrents of the fashionable world--from our religion in expertise to our destruction of nature, from our worldwide interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from in all places and spoke with every person from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations--of every little thing from the poetry of room provider menus to the eerie silence in the midst of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a rare meditation on a spot that almost all people by no means decelerate sufficient to determine truly. Lavishly illustrated in colour via popular photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport unearths the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.
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