By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily interesting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the inventive middle of our civilization.
Given unheard of entry to 1 of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton came upon it to be a exhibit for lots of of the foremost crosscurrents of the fashionable world--from our religion in know-how to our destruction of nature, from our worldwide interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from far and wide and spoke with everybody 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 carrier menus to the eerie silence in the midst of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a unprecedented meditation on a spot that the majority people by no means decelerate adequate to work out essentially. Lavishly illustrated in colour by means of popular photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport finds the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.
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