By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily fascinating exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the creative heart of our civilization.
Given unheard of 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 show off 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 everywhere and spoke with every body 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 course of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a rare meditation on a spot that the majority folks by no means decelerate adequate to work out basically. Lavishly illustrated in colour via 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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A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary by Alain de Botton