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How to disappear : notes on invisibility in a time of transparency / Akiko Busch.

Busch, Akiko, author. (Author).
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Crookston Public Library 304.2 BUS (Text) 33500013012018 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781101980415
  • ISBN: 1101980419
  • ISBN: 9781101980422
  • ISBN: 1101980427
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: The invisible friend -- Orlando's ring -- Across the natural world -- Invisiphilia -- Invisible ink -- At the identity spa -- The anonymity proposal -- Rereading Mrs. Dalloway -- The vanishing self -- The geography of invisibility -- With wonder.
Summary, etc.: "Vivid, surprising, and utterly timely, Akiko Busch's How to disappear explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art, and science, in search of a more joyful and peaceful way of living in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world In our increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting and yet fanciful. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and self-promote. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but vast and pervasive technology companies, which want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life--for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world's most exotic and remote places--from the Cayman Islands to Iceland--she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared and to the way Virginia Woolf's fictional Mrs. Dalloway feels a flickering of personhood as an older woman, Busch deliberates on subjects new and old with equal sensitivity and incisiveness. A unique and exhilarating accomplishment, How to disappear is a shimmering collage of poetry, cinema, memoir, myth, and much more, which overturns the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    Busch (The Incidental Steward, 2013) writes about nature and culture with delving curiosity and fresh thinking, offering here a unique engagement with the phenomenon and concept of invisibility. This supple and surprising inquiry was prompted by contemplation of the many modes of digital visibility, from social media and zillions of websites to the harvesting of pervasive forms of surveillance to the constant mining of personal data. What does all this exposure and our obsession with "optics" reveal about our sense of self and society? What might be gained by a reclamation of privacy and discretion? What might invisibility grant us? Busch investigates the divide between our visible and inner selves in this zestfully perceptive "field guide to invisibility." She describes wondrous strategies for concealment in the natural world, considers the role of invisibility in myths and the arts, shares personal experiences, and notes various ways in which we are rendered invisible for better or worse. Ultimately, Busch elegantly advocates for "elective invisibility" as a way of acquiring "a more humanitarian view of the larger world." Eye-opening and inspiring. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Akiko Busch is the author of several essay collections, including Nine Ways to Cross a River, a series of linked essays about swimming across American rivers and The Incidental Steward, published by Yale University Press in 2013 and awarded an Honorable Mention in the Natural History Literature category of 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her work has appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Subject: Invisibility > Social aspects.

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