By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The artwork of Travel comes a wittily exciting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the creative middle 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 chanced on it to be a show off for lots of of the key 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 every single place 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 course 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 sincerely. Lavishly illustrated in colour by way of popular photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport finds the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.