A Week at the Airport

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A Week at the Airport

By Alain de Botton; Richard Baker (Photographer)

Vintage International, Paperback, 9780307739674, 107pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010

From the bestselling author of "The Art of Travel" comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization.
Given unprecedented access to one of the world's busiest airports as a writer-in-residence, Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic. He met travelers from all over and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving together these conversations and his own observations of everything from the poetry of room service menus to the eerie silence in the middle of the runway at midnight de Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation on a place that most of us never slow down enough to see clearly. Lavishly illustrated in color by renowned photographer Richard Baker, "A Week at the Airport "reveals the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and yes even beauty.

About the Author
Alain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including "On Love", "How Proust Can Change Your Life", "The Consolations of Philosophy", " The Art of Travel", and "The Course of Love". He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence. More can be found at AlainDeBotton.com.

Richard Baker's career includes work as an archaeologist, oral historian, museum curator and geographer. He teaches geography at the Australian National University and is a member of the boards of "Aboriginal History" and "Ethics, Place and Environment".

Praise For A Week at the Airport

"Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny . . . De Botton's most imaginative work yet." —Spectator
"Funny, charming, and slender enough to pack in your carry-on." —Daily Mail
"Surprising. . . . His observations on airport life are wry and thought-provoking." —Telegraph
"Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic." —Independent